Issue 99: New Threads app fails accessibility test

🕒 5 MIN READ | Published on: August 16, 2023

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Did you know that Threads (an alternative to the popular micro-blogging app Twitter (now X)) had over 100 million users signed up in its first five days?

As people from all walks of life were onboarding to the new social platform, Threads made some impressive claims and users had high expectations. I don’t know about how it performed on others but they seem to have failed in one. That is Accessibility.

Upon Launch, they had claimed “core accessibility features” which we see on Instagram.

The core accessibility features available on Instagram today, such as screen reader support and AI-generated image descriptions, are also enabled on Threads. — Introducing Threads

I was just reading this article by Paul Speller who has carried out a brief accessibility audit of just one page – the main Threads home timeline – on an Android device, against WCAG 2.1 Level AA. And as per Paul’s findings, the claim doesn’t seem to hold.

You can read more about it in New Threads app fails accessibility test.

The detailed accessibility analysis carried out by Paul Speller can be a very useful case-study and a nice template for how you can test and prepare accessibility testing reports.

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