Facebook announced it is now allowing publishers to include closed captions in Facebook Live, helping people who are deaf or hard of hearing to experience live videos.
Facebook says the move is intended to make Facebook Live accessible to everyone:
By enabling publishers to include closed captions with their Live broadcasts, we hope more people can now participate in the exciting moments that unfold on Live.
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.
Facebook also said that over the past year, daily watch time for Facebook Live broadcasts has grown by more than four times, while one in five Facebook videos is a Live broadcast.
More information on adding closed captions to Facebook Live broadcasts can be found here.