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Facebook Live delivers subtitle support

New feature will make Live 'accessible to everyone'

Facebook Live has launched support for closed captions as part of its efforts to make the social network “accessible to everyone”.

Publishers using the Facebook Live API can now add CEA-608 standard subtitles to Facebook Live broadcasts.

Facebook users who have their captioning settings turned on will automatically see closed captions on Live broadcasts on mobile and desktop whenever they’re available.

Facebook said publishers that don’t create their own live closed captions via a CEA-608 data stream can work with third-party captioning companies to generate and insert real-time subtitles into broadcasts.

“We’ve been developing and testing this capability at events like this year’s F8, in partnership with captioning services provider Ai-Media,” said Supratik Lahiri, Facebook product manager.