What does ‘CC’ mean? Here’s what the common TikTok acronym stands for

You may have spotted the short acronym “CC” on TikTok. The two little letters can make all the difference when it comes to sharing content across cultures, languages and identities. 

So, here’s what it means when a TikTok user mentions “CC.”

What does ‘CC’ stand for on TikTok?

In many scenarios, the acronym “CC” means carbon copy, like in the case of CCing someone on an email. On TikTok, though, “CC” means closed captions. While subtitles assume the viewer can hear the video and is a mere transcription of dialogue, closed captions assume the user cannot hear the audio and includes both dialogue and other sounds.

On TikTok, you’ll notice “CC” in a video’s text overlay to indicate it’s closed captioning, rather than supplemental info.

Why do people use #CC hashtags on their videos?


Reply to @deafmute666 I’m going to get better at this. Thanks for the reminder!❤️ #fyp #cc #foryou #closedcaption #highschool #substituteteacher

♬ original sound – KarenCassssss

The CC hashtag allows users to easily discover TikTok videos that have subtitles. People may prefer videos with closed captioning for a plethora of reasons. If someone is hearing impaired, subtitles enable them to enjoy the content. But there are lots of other reasons CC make our lives easier. You may want to watch a video muted, have difficulty understanding an accent or there might be background noise that makes it hard to hear the speaker. 

Why do some people dislike CCs?

Some people aren’t too keen on closed captioned videos because the text overlay can block or distract from the video content. However, the pros appears to far outweigh the downside of using CC.

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