YouTube adds automatic captions to live streams

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YouTube has announced more ways to watch live streams on its platform. Chief among updates announced by the video streaming site on Monday is the addition of automatic caption to live streams.

The update will benefit both creators and viewers, and will enhance their livestreaming experience. Automatic captions according to YouTube, was launched in 2009, and has experienced a boom totaling 1 billion videos.

When professionally provided captions aren’t available, our new live automatic captions provide creators a quick and inexpensive way to make live streams accessible to more people. With our live automatic speech recognition (LASR) technology, you’ll get captions with error rates and latency approaching industry standards. We’ll roll this out in the coming weeks, and will continue to improve accuracy and latency of automatic captions.”

Chat Replay

YouTube also rolled out chat replay; a tool that allows you to follow the conversation even after a live stream is over. Live chat replays will show alongside the video, exactly as it appeared live.


Starting today, YouTube creators can start adding location tag to their mobile live streams and video uploads. Viewers will be able to explore other videos recorded at the same location when clicked. This is YouTube’s way of responding to competition especially from Periscope, Instagram and Facebook.

Finally, creators in Super Chats can now trigger real life events using IFTTT (If This, Then That). The company said “600 internet-connected services and devices (like lights, pet feeders and confetti cannons!) can be connected to Super Chat.”

In other news, YouTube said it will start displaying notices below videos uploaded by state-funded broadcasters. The company said this is aimed at equipping users with additional information to help them have a better understanding of the sources of news content they choose to watch on the video-streaming site.

Images will have a label like: “RFA is funded in whole or in part by the American government.” This makes a lot of sense, especially in the aftermath of the last US election where individuals and groups loyal to Russian authorities divided the electorate with propaganda. So, when next you come across a label such as the one in the image below, then you know there could be more to it than meets the eye.

The move represents one of the biggest moves being made by YouTube to tackle fake news—a menace that is causing a lot of issues on virtually every social media platform these days.

It will also fight against state-sponsored news item—and will therefore come as a big blow to the U.S.’s Public Broadcasting Service among other print and electronic media houses/organizations.

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