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This ticks me off - The All-Inclusive Newsletter #12

This ticks me off - The All-Inclusive Newsletter #12
By Liam O'Dell • Issue #12 • View online
Good evening,
Every time I go into writing this I feel as though it’ll be a light issue, and I won’t have much to talk about, but I always surprise myself. I’ll list the news covered in this edition shortly, but first, a quick mention of something which is accessibility related, but not a news story which warrants a lengthy mention. Last week, the UK Government was taken to court over its failure to provide a British Sign Language interpreter for its televised briefings on the coronavirus. If this sounds interesting, you can read my thread of live-tweets on Twitter.
But perhaps read that after reading through the latest newsletter, as there’s a lot to discuss in this issue - such as:
  • My latest campaign calling on Twitter to improve verification for disabled people, #VerifyDisabledTwitter
  • Even more Twitter Spaces updates
  • and much, much more!
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🗞️ Read A11y 'bout it!
My @WeAreDisabled Takeover
Fix the infrastructure, not the disabled person
That's the ticket!
Facebook live audio offering is finally here
✅ #VerifyDisabledTwitter
Liam O'Dell
75 disabled activists have now told me they've had their verification requests rejected by @verified, with many arguing that they met Twitter's strict criteria when applying. Is this you? Tweet me to add your name to the list. #VerifyDisabledTwitter ♿️
This has been a big project of mine over the last week. As you may already be aware, Twitter’s re-opened its verification process, complete with a new policy which applicants have to meet. However, it just so happens that almost 90 disabled activists at the time of writing (some of them prominent journalists, political leaders and more) have had their requests flat-out rejected by Twitter. Why?
Now, you may well think that this is just myself and other disabled activists being petty about our applications being rejected, but verification offers us new work opportunities, visibility and more prominence on the platform - something which is vital for marginalised voices like ours. If it was just myself, then I would see it as an individual issue, but when it’s more than 85 disabled campaigners - many of whom quite clearly meet the necessary criteria set by Twitter - one wonders if something a little more serious is at play.
Hence the hashtag #VerifyDisabledTwitter, which myself and other disabled Twitter users have been using to highlight the issue. Tap the hashtag to read up on the situation, and if you’re a disabled activist who has had a verification request rejected, let me know, and I’ll add you to an ever-expanding list.
💬 A craptions reminder...
📹 SRT for the VT
Jane Manchun Wong
Twitter is working on the ability to include caption file (.srt) for videos right in the Tweet Composer
[ALT: Two screenshots. The one on the left shows a video inserted into Twitter’s Tweet Composer on desktop, with the small text ‘upload captions file (.txt)’ at the bottom’. The second one, on the right, shows a step with text which reads: ‘Edit video. Upload captions file (.srt). Subtitles and captions can be added to your video by uploading a video subtitle file. Files must be in the SRT format. Subtitles and captions will be unaffected by video edits. Underneath this is a blue ‘upload captions’ button.]
I’ve been reminded that the above is an early iteration of what could very well be a new accessibility offering from Twitter (they did say that automatic captions would be available on all media by early 2021, yet we’re still waiting), but I’m in two minds about Twitter possibly introducing the ability to upload an SRT captions file to a video on the platform. Yay for more accessibility, nay for the average user not knowing how to create one and not being bothered to upload one anyway.
🤫 Unmention me, please!
Liam O'Dell
Interesting ideas floated here by Twitter, though I am a little bit sceptical. What does this offer which is different to ‘Mute this conversation’? Not only that, but we have to think about bad actors on the platform who may be spreading fake news, for example.
Whenever Twitter rolls out some new conversation controls (such as ‘mute this conversation’ and reply settings), there is a question about what this means for bad actors on the platform, as mentioned above, but we also have to consider the benefits of limitations for disabled people too.
It’s one thing getting unnecessary notifications in a Twitter conversation of which you don’t want to be part, but when your handle is included in a tweet, there’s a potential there for even more notifications to flood in (Twitter’s very own Maya Patterson made a very important point in this regard). For disabled people looking to cut down distractions or overwhelming notifications for processing reasons, this can only be a good thing.
👋🏻 See you on 9 July!
The same day I’ll be able to reapply for verification after my 30-day wait expires, I believe. Let’s see if Twitter is able to verify a disabled journalist the second time around…
As always, if you enjoy these newsletters and fancy giving me a ‘tip’ of sorts, you can use the Tip Jar function over on Twitter, or visit my CashApp profile to donate directly.
Until next time…
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