YouTube fixing title auto translation and watch hours drop issues
Couple of new issue have been niggling YouTube users for past few days. The company being vocal (as they usually are), has acknowledged the problems, saying they are working to fix the same.
So what are the issues in question?
Auto-translated video titles
Going by user reports, titles of YouTube videos are being automatically translated to Spanish, Hebrew, German or other languages. Here’s a glimpse of some of the complaints on micro-blogging site Twitter:
@TeamYouTube Hi! I wanted to buy access to the series "The Orville" on Youtube, but I saw that all the descriptions were in German (I live in Germany, but have language set to English). I want to watch the English version. Are there any steps I need to take before buying access?
— Παντοἑταῖρος (@Pantohetairos) October 10, 2018
hey @thelindsayellis is it normal that some of your videos are being automatically translated by @TeamYouTube in my language? I do not like this. It also translated the description :/ pic.twitter.com/VpTg7ml41A
— Oleg Schäfer (@NekoLuna1) October 10, 2018
@TeamYouTube Can i opt out of the video title translation? i watch videos in english and spanish, cause i understand them. This feature is honestly confusing and i dont like it.
— Bruno (@brunogarcia54) October 10, 2018
— SJWCentral (@SjwCentral) October 10, 2018
@YouTube IF YOU TRANSLATE ONE MORE TITLE INTO GERMAN AND KEEP CONFUSING THE CRAP OUT OF ME I AM GOING TO EAT A PICTURE OF A YOUTUBER UNTIL HE EATS A PICTURE OF ME
— EktoHunter (@EktoHunter) October 10, 2018
As for progress on the matter, Team YouTube (through their official Twitter handle) has been informing the complainants that it’s a known issue which is currently being worked on.
We're aware of an issue with titles being translated and are working to fix it. Appreciate your patience while we look into this!
— Team YouTube (@TeamYouTube) October 10, 2018
Shrinking video watch time/views
Next up, a sudden drop in video watch hours is another concern reported by YouTubers of late. In the complaints posted across YouTube Community (1,2,3,4) and Twitter, here’s how some of those affected word the problem:
Whenever I open my “creator studio” app my view time drops. it started out at about 84,000 watch minutes on Saturday, then suddenly dropped to around 79,000 watch minutes and now I’m at 78,000 watch minutes. I don’t know why they are being cut off all of a sudden.
Right now i am facing problem of rapid decrease in my Watch Hours day by day , At 8 October 2018 my watch hours was 3485 & Today i am facing decrease in number of my watch hours right now at this time my current watch hours is 3467 . Please have a look at my problem, Solve this problem or whatever bug it is as quick as possible & please give my watch hours back as soon as possible.
From last few dayz my watch time and no of views reducing in my creator studio …but on youtube it’s same….i think their is any error bcz it suddenly reduced after 50 days of upload….from 900 views to 42 views only…iys very disappointing for a new youtuber ..please help….nearly 3000 minutes watch time i lost.
Hey @TeamYouTube care to explain why I'm LOSING view hours on my channel?
The first screenshot is from 9-21. The second one is from today. pic.twitter.com/u7IRvw99wD
— 🇮🇱₮ⱧɆ ₣ł₦ɆⱤ ₱Ɽł₦₮🇺🇸 (@The_Finer_Print) October 11, 2018
Youtube what happened to my watch time ( minutes ) yesterday its already 230K but its only 226K … what happened ? I just update my YT Studio Yesterday..@TeamYouTube @YouTube .. please fix this❤ thank you pic.twitter.com/V0vPSVd8PO
— JeJayson👑 (@jaysonyumul_) October 8, 2018
In the Analytics page of You Tube Studio Beta total watch time is 254.1 K minutes which is equivalent to 4235 hours, whereas in channel monetization page it is showing 3690 hours. Please resolve the issue and monetize my channel. Please reply pic.twitter.com/H78QLV1oCU
— Exam Prep (@ExamPrep3) October 8, 2018
Regarding this mater, here’s what the complainants are being told by the company:
We're aware and actively working to fix this. Will keep you updated. Appreciate your patience.
— Team YouTube (@TeamYouTube) October 8, 2018
And not to miss, along with the above mentioned problems, the company is already working on the Analytics glitch.
Hi there. We've seen similar reports from many of our creators. We're aware and working to fix it. Also, check our Help Center article for more info on this: https://t.co/8wrjS2uc4h
— Team YouTube (@TeamYouTube) October 8, 2018
Hope the promised fixes arrive soon.
P.S. Those interested can head here to take a look at YouTube’s latest take on YouTube Partner Program (YPP) channel review and removal process.
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