YouTube will no longer allow users to submit subtitles to YouTube videos from September 28, writes parent company Google in a blog post. According to Google, the feature is rarely used because it involves a lot of spam.
Since 2015, YouTube users have been able to create subtitles for a video themselves and then submit them to the maker. The creator reviews the submission and can then publish the subtitles.
But both creators and viewers report spam and abuse and low-quality submissions to YouTube. "While we hoped that community contributions would be a broad, community-driven source of quality translations for creators, it's rarely used and people continue to report spam and abuse," Google writes.
Video makers can still add your own captions and subtitles to videos or use YouTube's built-in auto-subtitle feature.