Why You Will Lose Subscribers On YouTube
YouTube users will lose subscribers because the video app company is closing spam accounts.
As this massive sweep is carried out creators will notice a decrease in their number of subscribers.
According to an official post on YouTube’s product forum, it stated that these sweeps are part of routine maintenance the company performs.
Ridding the platform of these spam accounts aids in keeping YouTube “a fair playing field” for creators, since they can artificially increase a channel’s subscriber count.
The number of channels to be potentialy affected is not known but YouTube wants people to be aware and prepare for a decrease in the numbers.
“We regularly verify the legitimacy of accounts and actions on your YouTube channel,” the blog post reads. “As part of these regular checks, we identified and will remove a number of subscribers that were in fact spam from our systems.”
“WE REGULARLY VERIFY THE LEGITIMACY OF ACCOUNTS AND ACTIONS ON YOUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL.”
The blog post specifically states that spam accounts are usually used to make a channel look more popular than it actually is.
Major channels like PewDiePie and T-Series may notice a decrease, affecting their ongoing competition, but it’s smaller creators who face the biggest risk, since they could lose their ability to monetize videos.
“Channels that had a high percentage of spam and fall below 1,000 subscribers will no longer meet the minimum requirement for YPP [YouTube Partner Program] and will be removed from the program,” the blog post reads. “They are encouraged to reapply once they’ve rebuilt their subscribers organically.”
The sweep occured on the 13 and 14 December.Owners of affected channels will see a banner in YouTube Studio or Classic Creator Studio.