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YouTube Expands Access to its Community Posting Tab Within Creator Channels

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YouTube’s looking to provide opportunities for more creators to engage with their channel visitors by expanding access to its Community posts option, which provides another way for creators to interact and share with fans within the app.

YouTube Community tab

As you can see here, the Community tab, currently available to channels with over 1,000 subscribers, enables creators to post various update types, including images, GIFs, polls and even videos, within a dedicated engagement space in their channel feed.

Now, more channels will get access to the same, with YouTube reducing the subscriber requirement to access the tool. 

As explained by YouTube:

Starting October 12 2021, we’re lowering the eligibility for Community posts from channels with 1,000 subscribers to all channels with over 500 subscribers. For channels under 500 subscribers, we are working to bring Community posts to you in the future. Note: It may take up to 1 week to see the option to create Community posts after your channel passes 500 subscribers.” 

That will provide more capacity for creators to build community in the app, and while it is a seemingly lesser-used function within the broader YouTube experience, it does provide a whole new engagement opportunity for those looking to share additional updates, garner viewer feedback, and enhance their connection to their audience.

YouTube further notes that it’s been working to improve the Community posts experience over the past few months, by adding in new features like post metrics, multi-image updates and post scheduling.

YouTube Community tab

Really, it’s like a traditional social media feed within your YouTube channel, similar to someone visiting your Facebook Page and seeing all your latest posts, which they can then comment on, and even up and downvote, in the app.

The true value of the option largely relates to your channel size, and what, specifically, you look to post. But it does provide another surface to refer your viewers to, where you can showcase specific elements, promotions, and other post types.

Finally, YouTube also notes that as a result of its expanded access to Community posts, it’s removing the Discussion tab for all channels from October 12th. The Discussion tab served a similar purpose as the Community panel, in enabling creators to post text-based updates for their audience, but with the Community Tab being a more advanced iteration of the same, it’s retiring the Discussion tab to make way for the change.

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The only impact here is that the Discussion tab is available to channels with fewer than 1,000 subscribers, so it will reduce access to these additional engagement features for smaller channels. But then again, as YouTube notes, it is looking to expand access to the Community tab further in the near future, so the impacts will be minimal in this respect.

You can read more about YouTube’s Community posting options here.

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Iran pop singer silenced, but his song remains a protest anthem

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Shervin Hajipour's song "Baraye" draws on the tweets of Iranians longing for a normal life

Shervin Hajipour’s song “Baraye” draws on the tweets of Iranians longing for a normal life – Copyright Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP)/AFP –

David Vujanovic

Even though he has been silenced, Iranian pop singer Shirvin Hajipour’s impassioned song in support of protests over Mahsa Amini’s death in custody remains an unofficial anthem of the movement.

The song “Baraye” notched up 40 million views on Instagram before it was deleted when Hajipour was arrested, but he has since been freed on bail and has distanced himself from politics, likely as a condition for his release.

Baraye, the Persian word “For” or “Because”, is composed of tweets about the protests and highlights longings people have for things lacking in sanctions-hit Iran, where many complain of hardship caused by economic mismanagement.

It also draws on everyday activities that have landed people in trouble with the authorities in the Islamic republic.

“For the sake of dancing in the streets; Because of the fear felt while kissing; For my sister, your sister, your sisters,” the song’s lyrics say.

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“Because of the embarrassment of an empty pocket; Because we are longing for a normal life… Because of this polluted air.”

Baraye has been heard played loudly at night from apartment blocks in Iran to show support for protests sparked by Amini’s death on September 16, after the notorious morality police arrested her for allegedly breaching rules requiring women to wear hijab headscarves and modest clothes.

It was also sung with gusto by the Iranian diaspora at rallies in more than 150 cities around the world at the weekend.

In one clip shared by the New York-based Center for Human Rights in Iran, a group of schoolgirls without headscarves is seen singing Baraye in class with their backs to the camera.

The tune was removed from Hajipour’s Instagram account shortly after his arrest but is still widely available on other social media platforms, including Twitter and YouTube.

– ‘Because of forced Instagram stories’ –

Hajipour’s lawyer Majid Kaveh said he was released on bail at noon on Tuesday.

The reformist Shargh newspaper said his family had been informed of his arrest in the northern city of Sari on Saturday, in a report that cited his sister Kamand Hajipour.

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She had said in an Instagram post that her parents had been informed of his arrest in a call from the city’s intelligence ministry offices.

Shortly after his release, Hajipour was back on Instagram, but this time to apologise and distance himself from politics.

“I’m here to say I’m okay,” he told his 1.9 million followers on the platform.

“But I’m sorry that some particular movements based outside of Iran — which I have had no relations with — made some improper political uses of this song.

“I would not swap this (country) for anywhere else and I will stay for my homeland, my flag, my people, and I will sing.

“I don’t want to be a plaything for those who do not think of me, you or this country,” he added.

In response to his post, many on Twitter suggested the line “Because of forced Instagram stories” should be added to the lyrics of the song.

Human rights groups including Article 19 have repeatedly called on Iran to end its use of forced confessions, which they say are false and extracted under duress or even torture.

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In one recent case, a young Iranian woman, Sepideh Rashno, disappeared after becoming involved in a dispute on a Tehran bus with another woman who accused her of removing her headscarf.

She was held by the powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and appeared on television in what activists said was a forced confession before being released on bail in late August.

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