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Tyler Oakley Backs #HearMeOut Campaign

January 19, 2015

Tyler Oakley has closed captioned all his YouTube videos – meaning his posts have the option to be subtitled.

In his latest post the vlogger said: “I want to make my little community here on YouTube more inclusive.”

His decision was inspired by YouTuber Rikki Poynter, who is hard of hearing and campaigns for producers to make their work more accessible.

“I don’t want this to feel like a place where only certain people can come,” said Tyler.

“The fact that now millions, and millions and millions more people can enjoy my content is a cool thing.”

In his post called Hear Me Out, Tyler, who has more than six million subscribers to his channel, went on to explain how other vloggers can closed caption their videos.

“I just want everyone to enjoy YouTube the way I enjoy YouTube,” he said.

As #HearMeOut trended worldwide Tyler tweeted: “Thank you for being a part of this, I hope it completely changes YouTube’s community.”

In Rikki Poynter’s original video asking for help to raise awareness for closed captioning on YouTube she pointed out that it wasn’t just useful for viewers who are deaf or hard of hearing.

She said: “[This is] Not only for the deaf or hard of hearing, but for people who are learning English, those with auditory processing disorder and simply just people who prefer to read instead of listen.”

You can find help on how to closed caption your videos from Google.


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  1. rainbowwarriorlizzie permalink
    January 19, 2015 1:51 pm


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