YouTube has changed its rules around community contributions after the misused for a harassment campaign

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YouTube changes community translation system to contain trolls

 Under the new rules, contributed translations won’t be published to YouTube until the channel owner has manually approved them, making it harder for trolls to sneak abusive or self-promoting translations onto a popular channel. Community translations were envisioned as a way for channels with active fanbases to crowdsource translation work. Filipino fans might be happy to translate their favorite YouTuber’s titles and descriptions into their native language, thus making the channel more accessible to international audiences without any additional work from YouTube or the channel owner.

YouTube changes community translation system to contain trolls

Under the old system, creators could review individual contributions and had the option of disabling community contributions for specific videos or groups of videos, but most saw little downside to simply leaving the option enabled and letting translations populate without review.

TeamYouTube

@TeamYouTube

Quick update – the team that works on translations is aware that this is an issue and they’re working on a fix. In the meantime, you can turn off Community Captions & remove translations that have already been published w/ these steps: https://yt.be/help/Rkfa 

DMing you w/ more.

TeamYouTube

@TeamYouTube

Thanks for your patience – Based on the feedback we’ve heard, we are introducing some changes to Community Contributions. Moving forward, creators that have turned on this feature will need to manually review their Community Contributions and check for spam before publishing.

YouTube seems to have been aware of the possibility for abuse within that system from the beginning. YouTube explicitly warns creators about the importance of reviewing contributions. “While most community contributors are there to help, abuse can happen,” the post warns. “Regular review can keep things like spam links and offensive language out of your translated content.”

JT shared news of the policy change and thanked his fans for keeping the pressure on. “Honestly, I thought YouTube was going to add a system where they check it for you,” he says in the video. “But at least there is a fix, and I’m not longer involved in this situation.”

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