Manage spam on community contributions

Community contributions going away soon
Community contributions will be discontinued across all channels after September 28, 2020. Community contributions allowed viewers to add closed captions, subtitles, and title/descriptions to videos. This feature was rarely used and had problems with spam/abuse so we’re removing them to focus on other creator tools. You can still use your own captions, automatic captions, and third-party tools and services. You have until September 28, 2020 to publish your community contributions before they’re removed. 
To prevent spam and abuse, we’ve turned off auto-publishing of community contributions. Learn how to review and publish contributions on your video.

You can invite your community of viewers to add title, description, subtitles, and closed captions to your videos ("submitted content"). All community contributions are reviewed by other contributors in the community review process. YouTube moderates any community-flagged content for spam or inappropriate content.

While you can use your community to create and review contributions, you’ll need to approve contributions yourself to publish them. While most community contributors are there to help, abuse can happen. Review can keep spam links, offensive language, and other spam out of your translated content.

We're constantly working to keep YouTube free of spam and give you control over what's shown on your channel. You can report content that's inappropriate. 

Review process overview

Before it's published, all submitted content goes through a review process by community contributors. During and after this process, you can also review the content yourself.

  1. When content is submitted, it goes through several reviews by YouTube and your community:
    • YouTube automatically looks at signals to ensure the quality of submitted content—including bad words, contributor reputation, content language, and more.
    • Contributors in your community also review the submitted content. They vote on the quality of the content and, if something doesn't look right, they can report it as spam.
  2. Anything that's reported or that has any other high-risk signals goes directly to our Spam & Abuse Operations team. Real people on this team evaluate the content.
    • If they find that the submitted content is spam or inappropriate, it's removed from the contribution queue. 
    • If they find that the submitted content is accurate, it can then be reviewed by contributors.
  3. Any submitted content that hasn't been reported as spam goes through a secondary review:

Once the community review process is complete, you can publish the contributions.

Report inappropriate translations or captions

We rely on you and the YouTube community to report content that's inappropriate. If you see any abusive content in translations, you can report it: 

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