YouTube is ending its community captions feature and deaf creators aren’t happy about it

Summarized by Matthew Dehler, staff writer

YouTube is one of the largest and most influential video platforms—and for years, it’s had a special feature for the deaf and hard of hearing: Community Captions. This feature makes thousands of videos more accessible for others, allowing viewers to add their own captions to videos that don’t have them already.

That all stops in September.

YouTube announced it is disabling this feature—a move many aren’t taking lightly. Without this tool, deaf people have a much harder time watching YouTubers they once enjoyed. Videos that don’t show the creator’s face (such as voice over videos) are virtually inaccessible unless the creator adds captions themself. Some disabled or deaf creators cannot put captions on their own videos and rely on others to implement captions for them. Rikki Poynter, a deaf YouTuber, wants the site to keep this feature, rather than disabling the option entirely.

For more information on the situation and how you can help, read the full article here: https://www.theverge.com/2020/7/31/21349401/youtube-community-captions-deaf-creators-accessibility-google

Edited by Stephanie Stott, staff writer

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