Facebook Live Videos Can Now Be Accessed by 360 Million Disabled People

Facebook Live Videos Can Now Be Accessed by 360 Million Disabled People

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Thanks to a progressive move announced by Facebook last week, video content has now been made available to over 360 million people worldwide.

That’s because the social media giant has just made it so that Facebook Live videos can now feature closed captioning for the deaf and hard of hearing, 30 million of which live in America alone.

Regular Facebook videos have been able to feature closed captioning since 2014, however with 20% of Facebook video content now being broadcasted through the live feature, the deaf community has been unable to participate in that category of content since it launched in 2016.

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Facebook officials have even found that a large majority of viewers who aren’t hard of hearing simply enjoy closed captioning for other reasons.

“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,” wrote Facebook representatives last week. “Today’s milestone represents the next step in our efforts to make content on Facebook accessible to more people.”

For more information on how to incorporate captioning, check out the Facebook instruction page.

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