Social Media Accessibility

Facebook

  • Each photo on Facebook has space to input descriptions. Remember to input descriptive text (describe what the picture is portraying) for each photo that you upload.
  • When using acronyms always make sure to spell out what the acronym stands for first (ex. Disability Support Services (DSS)).
  • Videos should include captioning. You can purchase SubRip Subtitle (SRT) files (a video captioning file format) from companies such as Rev.com or create your captions at YouTube.com. Captions can be added after the video has been uploaded or published.

Twitter

  • Twitter can add alternative text for images by going into your settings and turning on alternative text for images. Navigate to settings > Display and sound > Accessibility > Turn on Compose image descriptions
  • Using Twitter Media Studio, you have the option to upload captions (SRT) and then schedule or post your video to Twitter. Twitter also has tag descriptions that require descriptive text to be added before posting.

Instagram

  • Add descriptive text by accessing alternative text when posting a picture.
  • Videos should include captions and transcripts. On Instagram, captions must be custom added inside the video.

YouTube

  • YouTube has a custom-built caption generator that allows users to create accurate captions for each video. Captions can also be edited through the YouTube Creator Studio.
  • YouTube also accepts (SRT) files. Specific categories need to be filled out to help identify video content

Snapchat

Snapchat accessibility features are limited, but there are a few things that can be done to improve accessibility.

  • Use large text for captions.
  • Make sure there is a good color contrast when adding captions with backgrounds.

LinkedIn

  • LinkedIn posts must include descriptive text.
  • Videos can be uploaded with SRT files.

 

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