Facebook has announced that it now allows publishers to include closed captions in Facebook Live, helping people who are deaf or hard of hearing to experience live videos.
Over the past year, daily watch time for Facebook Live broadcasts has grown by more than 4times and 1 in 5 Facebook videos is a live broadcast.
Facebook hopes to engage more people in participating in the exciting moments that unfold on Live by enabling publishers to include closed captions with their live broadcasts.
“Now, if your captioning settings are turned on, you’ll automatically see closed captions on Live broadcasts when they’re available,” Facebook said in a statement.
“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.”