Social media is relying on audio more than ever – but deaf users are left behind

“Trying to put your thoughts in a tweet,” wrote Twitter employees Aliza Rosen and Ikuhiro Ihara in a company blog post as of September 2017: “We were all there and it’s a pain.” The platform announced that it will lift its 140-character limit and instead double it to allow users to “express more characters” [themselves]”.

Almost three years later, the limit was criticized again. “Sometimes 280 characters are not enough and some nuances of conversation are lost in the translation.” a blog post, published in June reads. “Starting today, we’re testing a new feature that will add a more human touch to the way we use Twitter – your very own voice.”

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