Users will say goodbye to the community captions feature on YouTube this September.
YouTube Community Contributions will be gone this September 28, 2020. The reason for this closure is because of the lack of usage and its issues with spam. Just 0.001% of channels only used the feature on the platform and only 0.2% of watch time on the platform for the past few months.
The usage of this tool was to let anyone contribute translations for video titles or submit descriptions, closed captions or subtitles. However, Google said in its statement that its two other captioning options will still be available. YouTubers have noticed that those in countries like Japan and Korea rely heavily on community-submitted translations.
The company also mentioned that community contributions that are currently saved as drafts will remain available until September 28th of this year, and users can still publish them before that date. After that, all drafts will be removed.
Community Contributions lets anyone contribute translated video titles, descriptions, closed captions and subtitles. These contributions are reviewed and published by creators, or automatically published after receiving enough community reviews.
While we hoped Community Contributions would be a wide-scale, community-driven source of quality translations for Creators, it’s rarely used and people continue to report spam and abuse.
Both creators and viewers have reported problems with the community contributions feature, including spam, abuse, and low quality submissions. As a result, the feature is rarely used with less than 0.001% of channels having published community captions (showing on less than 0.2% of watch time) in the last month. Instead, creators are using YouTube’s alternative captioning tools.