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If you’ve recently seen “[ __ ]” show up in YouTube’s automatic captions on a video you’re watching or editing in the captions editor, read more below.

Because our automatic captions can make mistakes, we want to be extra careful not to caption certain words incorrectly. So to better avoid these mistakes, viewers will now see “[ __ ]” appear instead of a potentially inappropriate word (when auto-generated subtitles/closed captions are turned on during playback). This is the new default setting for all automatic captions. Note: This setting does not apply to manual captions or audio tracks and can be turned off at any time by creators at the channel level. 

Creators -  if you don’t want this setting for auto-generated subtitles/closed captions on your videos, you can opt out and turn the setting off. Here’s how. You can also edit the captions for individual videos. 

We want to help channels reach a wide audience and improve accessibility for everyone on YouTube, so we’re committed to improving our systems and making automatic captions more accurate – stay tuned for more updates here.

– Sarah, TeamYouTube
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If you want to improve accessibility for everyone, why are you removing community captions? There are a lot of international channels that rely on that feature because they can't afford to higher professional translators. And don't even act like auto-translate is an acceptable alternative. Machine translation does not and cannot ever compare to a real person. It doesn't understand wordplay, in-jokes, proper nouns, or slang.
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Agree! Please YouTube, don't make this mistake, add back community captions.
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Typical YouTube. Find a solution to a non-existent problem (translations) and tout it as the "best", "greatest" and the most "beautiful" thing ever.
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Just fix the automatic substitles! That will do it.
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How about you keep the community captions rather than trying to fix the unfixable here.

The automatic captions are incredibly unreliable. They "can make mistakes" isnt even close to covering it. They dont understand any dialects or slang.
And the translations are super low quality. Because you cant just translate whole sentences when the sentence structure ends up being different in the other language.

Instead of listening to your users that gave you massive backlash on your "Saying goodbye to community captions"-post you are now doing something NOBODY asked for.

This is not helping ANYONE. All you're doing is making youtube an overall worse site to use with half-assed fixes and we're tired of it.

You are destroying international communities and accessability for HOH/deaf people and you should be ashamed of yourselves.
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Thank you for making this change... We has an issue when I said the word "Bonus Game Trigger" it auto correct to something horrible and I had no idea "auto captions" were turned on for my channel. Took me an hour or so to figure out how to turn it off... but let me tell you that was the WORST hour of my life......
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why dont you fix your auto subtitle?
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Thanks for the heads up
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Captions are good. It helps deaf users to understand videos where lip reading does not help & translates foreign language into another to reach a larger audience without using expensive resources to dub over the video.

By restricting captions you are effectively restricting audience. If the automatic captions are amiss, people will detect this automatically without the need for censoring.

Automatic captions are good for creators who do not want to pay experienced captioners. If the fans love the creator, they can help the video reach a larger audience by creating captions for the content creator / video.

By restricting fan captions you are creating a bubble that the foreign content creator will stay in, unless they actively attempt to reach an international audience. In addition to bad auto captioning and auto translate, the videos that have automatic captions enabled lose their nuance, especially when fan captioners can enhance the nuance by adding non-verbal expressions.

There is a difference between captions, and Hearing Impaired captions, both that help enhance the watcher's experience with the video and reach a wider audience. By restricting automatic and fan captions, you are restricting your own audience.
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I’m sure you guys at YouTube don’t care, but I was really thinking about getting a pixel phone next year. Not anymore. Remember when you were so proud of your accessibility features? The fact that this discriminating move is even allowed says something about google as a company, please go [__] yourselves.
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