As more and more people around the world turn to live streaming to cope with being on lockdown, Facebook is starting to bring new features to Facebook Live.
With the COVID-19 pandemic crisis in full swing, millions across the globe have turned to social media platforms – and live streaming in particular – to work, socialize, or simply to try to cope with the situation. As a result, Facebook is now launching a host of new features to make Facebook Live easier to use and more accessible to people.
The features available within the next few weeks, globally, include automatic closed captioning and an audio-only mode that lets users just listen to a live video stream. Both features, especially the latter, will help more people who have slower connections take part.
In addition to these, Facebook is also launching a logged-out mode, letting people who don’t even have a Facebook account watch or listen to content. Public Switched Telephone Network support will let viewers call into the audio of a live broadcast by merely calling a toll-free number.
Finally, Facebook’s Stars feature, which allows creators (mainly gamers) to monetize their streams, is opening up to other creators, like musicians and cultural institutions. Artists have already been streaming for donations on other platforms like Twitch.