Facebook Live adds closed captioning for deaf and hard of hearing

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Facebook Live adds closed captioning for deaf and hard of hearing – USA Today

 

 

 

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook says it’s bringing closed captioning to Facebook Live to make at least some of the videos streamed live on the social network accessible to people who are deaf and hard of hearing.

Not all Live videos will have closed captions. But if publishers deploy captions and if Facebook users turn them on, Facebook users will automatically see closed captions on Live broadcasts, Facebook’s director of accessibility Jeffrey Wieland told USA TODAY. Facebook videos that are not live-streamed already had this capability, but only if the publishers offer captions.




The move is part of the broader push at Facebook to make more of its content accessible to more people. More than 5% of the world’s population, about 360 million people, are deaf and hard of hearing. About 30 million people in the U.S. have some degree of hearing loss, a figure that’s likely to increase as the population ages.

“It’s absolutely an imperative for the deaf and hard of hearing community so our hope really is that we can continue to build more and more tools in the captioning space that increase the amount of videos that have captioning both real time and otherwise,” Wieland said.

 

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