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Twitter ALT badge

Twitter announced the rollout of the ALT badge and enhanced image descriptions for all users.

Twitter first posted changes coming in March 2022. Images having text definitions will get a badge that reads alt, and clicking on the badge will pop up the definition.

"As promised, the ALT badge and shown image definitions go overall now," reads a tweet from Twitter's Accessibility account' according to The Verge.

"Over the past month, we set up bugs and gathered feedback from the limited release group. We are ready. You're ready. Let's describe our images!"

According to Twitter, this ALT badge and image definition advantages people who are visionless, have low vision, operate assistive technology, live in low-bandwidth areas, or want more context.

Steps to add ALT image descriptions to an image in a Tweet:

1. After uploading an image to a tweet, select Add description underneath the image.
2. Enter a description of the image in the text box, under the limit of 1000 words.
3. Click Save, and an ALT badge will appear at the corner of the image.
4. After tweeting, any user who sees your tweet will see an ALT badge with the image, and clicking on it pops up the description for your image.

Twitter first introduced image descriptions in 2016, but it could be strong to find where and how to add them. The social media giant didn t have a staunch availability team until late 2020, with workers who wanted to work on availability issues volunteering their time.

Twitter is also working on a feature that would let its users edit tweets after posting them in future. The feature will allow users to fix typos or errors without losing retweets, replies, or likes and it is possible to begin testing it with Twitter Blue subscribers.

Twitter’s Vice President of Consumer Product Jay Sullivan stated the edit option was “the most requested Twitter feature for many years”. “Without things like time limits, management, and transparency about what has been edited, Edit could be misused to alter the record of the public conversation.”