Washington Post: Social media has upped its accessibility game. But deaf creators say it has a long way to go.
Washington Post: Social media has upped its accessibility game. But deaf creators say it has a long way to go.. “TikTok, by design, is a place for millions of people to upload their own videos, without any requirement or even official suggestion to use captions. Videos include people dancing to music, ranting about their jobs, showing off new recipes and lip-syncing to the soundtrack of TV shows such as ‘The Office’ or ‘Keeping Up With the Kardashians.’ Even if users want to caption their videos, TikTok’s app doesn’t have a way to automatically recognize voice patterns and automate text to use. That makes the wildly popular app — used by nearly 100 million people in the United States each month as of last June — and many other social media apps moderately usable and sometimes frustratingly inaccessible for millions of Americans who are deaf or hard of hearing, several deaf creators said.”