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Facebook introduces subtitles on Live to enhance user experience for deaf people

Facebook introduces subtitles on Live to enhance user experience for deaf people

As part of its commitment to making it accessible to everyone, Facebook is enabling users to include closed captions in Facebook Live, helping people who are deaf and hard of hearing to experience Live videos.

Now, if your captioning settings are turned on, you will automatically see closed captions on Live broadcasts when they are available.

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Over the past year, daily watch time for Facebook Live broadcasts has grown by more than 4 times, and 1 in 5 Facebook videos is a Live broadcast. By enabling publishers to include closed captions with their Live broadcasts, more people can now participate in the exciting moments that unfold on Live.

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

For more information on adding closed captions to Facebook Live broadcasts, click here. For more information on Facebook’s accessibility features and settings, click here, and follow news and updates from the Facebook Accessibility team here.

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