Facebook Live Closed Captions Introduced

Facebook Live closed captions come to the streaming broadcast feature, providing more accessible content for those with hearing disabilities…

Today, Facebook announced a new feature added to its live broadcast streaming. Facebook Live closed captions are now available to creators, providing more accessibility. Making Facebook accessible to everyone is a key part of building global community.

“Today we’re allowing publishers to include closed captions in Facebook Live, helping people who are deaf or hard of hearing to experience live videos,” Supratik Lahiri, Product Manager, and Jeffrey Wieland, Director of Accessibility, wrote in a blog post.

Facebook Live Closed Captions for Broadcast Streaming Roll Out

Facebook explains if users’ closed captioning settings are already enabled, those users will automatically see captions on any Live broadcast in which the creators enable the feature. The social media giant states that over the past year, daily viewing time for Facebook Live has grown over 4 times. Additionally, 1 in 5 Facebook videos are a live-streaming broadcasts.

Facebook Live closed captions screenshots
Credit: Facebook

“Today’s milestone represents the next step in our efforts to make content on Facebook accessible to more people. It’s already possible to add captions to non-live videos when uploading them to Facebook Pages, and publishers can use our speech recognition service to automatically generate captions for videos on their Pages.”

In late May, Facebook introduced live chat and joint video streams. The social network began a crackdown on fake live videos last month. Facebook remains the dominant social media platform, greatly outperforming its competition, new data shows.

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