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Pornhub provides captions on adult videos for deaf users

/ 06:01 PM July 03, 2018

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Cringey porn dialogue can now be read through captions, thanks to a top adult video website.

Pornhub launched a collection of adult videos featuring closed captions to cater to deaf and hard of hearing users.

“The inaugural collection will include over 1,000 top-viewed videos from the site’s straight, popular with women, gay, bi and transsexual categories,” Pornhub said in a statement on June 27.

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Closed captioning is more than just subtitles: besides putting dialogue into text, it describes audio cues. “This includes helping to distinguish between different people talking and emotional changes in their voice or non-vocal audio that’s relevant to the storyline,” the adult video website said.

According to the World Health Organization, 5 percent of the world’s population has disabling hearing loss, with adults numbering 432 million. As of 2017, the site has received 28.5 billion visitors, so this category could possibly assist millions.

The Closed Captioning category is an effort of the company’s philanthropic arm, Pornhub Cares. In 2016, it launched the Descriptive Video category for visually impaired users, which provides audio narration of “models, their actions, position changes, outfits and settings.”

Other initiatives include sex education through its online Sexual Wellness Center and donating to panda conservation when users upload their own videos where they have sex while dressed in a panda suit.  /ra

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