PornHub adds closed captioning for users with hearing loss

Is is just us, or is PornHub really doing more for users with accessibility needs than a large proportion of the other companies in tech?

The innovative and inclusive smut purveyor has added closed captioning to more than 1,000 videos, enabling viewers with hearing disabilities to follow the twists and turns of porn storytelling.

The clips are spread across a number of popular genres, with the company saying the captions will offer “descriptive and interpretative text” for viewers who “are not able to hear the video’s original audio.”

The captions have been, ahem, manually entered, by the site’s editors so viewers can expect accurate transcriptions of the ups and downs in any captioned scene. That’s kinda cool given most other video platforms use algorithms to add subtitles to video.

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As well as all of the oohs-and-aahs, non-diaglogue sounds (we dread to think…) relevant to the video will also be explained. The captions will also enable viewers to discern which member of the often sizeable ensemble cast is speaking at any given time.

PornHub has created a page featuring the closed caption videos and to turn on the captions on, you just select the ‘CC’ in the video playback bar.

The addition of closed captions comes after the company launched a selection of videos for audio descriptions, geared towards those with sight loss. Those videos have already racked up millions of views on the site.

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