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YouTube under fire for removing community captions

Published: 8/Sep/2020 12:52

by Jacob Hale


YouTube has come under fire for its decision to remove community captions, as the date on which they’re supposed to be taken away looms ever closer.

Community captions, or Community Contributions, allows anyone on YouTube to contribute translated video titles, descriptions, closed captions and subtitles to a video, and contributions are then reviewed and published by creators.


On July 31, though, YouTube announced that Community Contributions would be removed from the platform for a number of reasons.

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YouTube explained that a low usage rate is the reasoning for removing community captions.

In their announcement post, the platform cited reports of spam and abuse from the feature, which resulted in minimal use, as a reason for removing the feature.


It was revealed that the feature would be removed on September 28, 2020, after which contributions would no longer be able to be made, although already-published contributions would remain on their respective videos.

Obviously, this means that a large number of disadvantaged viewers are likely to miss out. Community captions have helped deaf or hearing-impaired viewers still enjoy YouTube videos where they can, and some people even say that these captions helped them better learn English as a second language.

This came to a head on September 7, when thousands came together on Twitter to get #DontRemoveYouTubeCCs trending, questioning the decision to remove a feature that improves accessibility for people with disabilities.


Captions will still be available on videos, but they will have to be created by the channel itself, and not community members, while YouTube’s automatic captioning feature will also remain.

What this means for captions long-term remains to be seen. With correct captioning and translations being on the shoulders of the creators, or YouTube’s automated process, we might see even more viewers turned away knowing they won’t get accurate captions.

A major part of the issue boils down to the fact that the process was regularly abused and, with less than 0.001% of channels having published community captions, it might not make much of a difference in the long-term. That said, many are understandably upset at the loss of even that small percentage of community captions, and it will be interesting to see how YouTube react to the public backlash — if at all.


Bryce Hall’s true feelings for Addison Rae exposed by lie detector

Published: 7/Oct/2020 19:44

by Virginia Glaze


TikTok stars Bryce Hall and Addison Rae were once the internet’s most buzzed-about couple; but after the two broke it off in September, it’s been unclear whether they might get back together in the future.

It’s been almost a year since ‘Braddison’ took the net by storm; The two influencers frequently appeared in each other’s TikToks and social media posts, quickly sparking rumors that the two were dating on the down-low.


While they never confirmed their relationship status — with Addison even claiming they were not involved, whatsoever — the two broke off whatever was going on between them “off social media,” leaving shippers in shambles.

However, it’s clear that Bryce Hall isn’t over his pseudo-romance with Rae (who is one of TikTok’s highest-earning creators), as evidenced by a lie detector test taken in collaboration with the Vlog Squad’s Jason Nash.


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It’s worth noting that polygraph tests are not always correct, with a report from the National Academy of Sciences claiming that there is “little basis for the expectation that a polygraph test could have extremely high accuracy.”

That didn’t stop the Sway House from taking the test for entertainment purposes, anyway, prompting Nash to ask the question on everyone’s minds: “Do you want Addison back?”


Hall initially laughed at the query but openly admitted that he did, indeed, want to get back with the Southern belle — prompting the test proctor to announce that his statement was, in fact, true.

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Needless to say, this caused quite an outrage among the Sway House members, with Josh Richards even getting up from the sofa to run out of the room yelling, “Oh my god! Holy s**t!”


It’s unclear whether or not ‘Braddison’ will ever be a thing again: Considering that Addison seems to keep her love life close to the chest, as well as being constantly harassed on social media, it wouldn’t be a surprise if the two keep a potential rekindling of their romance off the books.

For now, all fans can do is watch and wait for a response from Rae after Hall’s soul-baring answer to one of TikTok’s most burning questions.