Rikki Poynter campaigns to improve YouTube subtitles

YouTube vlogger Rikki Poynter has helped launch a campaign to encourage YouTubers to manually add closed captions (cc) to their YouTube videos in order to make them more accessible for fans.

Rikki is hard-of-hearing and the vlogger’s recent videos discussing the issue have already gained a lot of attention online. She has been campaigning for a number of months and has seen YouTubers such as Tyler Oakley and Laci Green lend their support.

YouTube’s Tyler Oakley was one of the first to address the problem and recently announced that he has added closed captions to all of his videos as a result.

Discussing the move, Tyler said: “The fact that now, millions and millions and millions more people can enjoy my content is a cool thing.”

Rikki is a supporter of Caption Action 2, a movement spreading the message that encourages campaigners to contact Defy Media with the hope of getting Smosh to caption all of their videos.

Here at Tube Chum, we’re right behind the CaptionAction campaign and hope that more videos will become accessible for the hard-of-hearing as soon as possible. It’s worth noting that if you’re looking to caption your own videos, Google offers support for captioning and transcribing which you can find here.

Join the Caption Action 2 Facebook group.

Are you a supporter of the campaign for more YouTubers to caption their videos? Tweet us your thoughts at @TubeChum.

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Daniel Mackrell

Co-editor at Tube Chum
Journalist. Former Winchester Student. Chelsea fan. @WINOL Alumnus. Co-editor, @TubeChum.