YouTube Subscriber Purge: December 13-14 (Noticible Decrease In Sub Count Incoming)

thevideoguy

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YouTube made an interesting announcement on Google productforums a few hours ago. They say they've detected a significant amount of spam accounts and will be purging them accordingly today/tomorrow. Will be interesting to see if they actually identify a noticable portion of spam subscribers or not, I guess we'll know soon enough.

Twitter Tweet: https://twitter.com/TeamYouTube/status/1073289716659679232

Official Announcement: https://productforums.google.com/forum/?hl=en#!topic/youtube/AWHJfWAsqVk

Ann (So You Don't Have To Click Any Links):
Removing Spam Subscriptions from YouTube December 13-14, 2018

Hi Creators,

Heads up that on December 13-14, 2018 you may see a noticeable decrease in your subscriber count as we remove spam subscriptions from your channel. We regularly verify the legitimacy of accounts and actions on your YouTube channel. We’ve recently identified and fixed an issue that caused some spam not to be removed. Today/tomorrow, we’ll be taking action and removing subscribers that were in fact spam from our systems.

Removing spam from the platform helps ensure that YouTube remains a fair playing field for everyone and should result in higher confidence that you’re organically building a community of authentic fans.

We know you may have some questions about this so we’re sharing additional information below. Read on for answers to some common questions!

How do I know if I had spam subscriptions? If we removed spam subscribers from your channel’s subscriber count, you’ll see a banner in YouTube Studio or Classic Creator Studio (this is rolling out over the next few days).

How do you know these are spam and not people wanting to subscribe to my channel? We use a mix of industry leading techniques and proprietary technology to identify spam on the platform. Often, these types of actions are meant to make channels look more popular than they actually are.

Why does my channel have spam subscribers? In an attempt to hide their behavior, spam services tend to subscribe to a variety of channels, instead of just subscribing to the channel that purchased the spam.

How will this affect watch time on my channel? Since these are artificial actions, we do not expect removing these will impact watch time.

What if I have fallen below the YouTube Partner Program (YPP) threshold of 1,000 subscriptions as a result of the removal? Channels that had a high percentage of spam and fall below 1,000 subscribers will no longer meet the minimum requirement for YPP and will be removed from the program. They are encouraged to reapply once they’ve rebuilt their subscribers organically. You can learn about how to apply for YPP here.

What does YouTube do about spam? We’ve spent years building out our advanced technology to identify spam on the platform — it uses advanced statistics, machine learning, label propagation, anomaly detection and manual review.

For more information about our spam removal policies, check out this Help Center article.

– Jordan (TeamYouTube)
 

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So we can lost monetization if we have less than 1000 subscribers?
I thought once we have monetization ,we cannot lost it ...
 

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Really dude, i am so close to hitting 200K Subs and they have to roll out this update :D I haven't bought any subscribers in the past but i am sure that YT will detect some subscribers as spam or something and automatically remove them.. well sucks for me lol!
 

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I just checked 8 botted channel, all 8 channel got their subscribers pending for removal
Horrible....

I think I will use my own subscribers

I will subscribe on the video page and not on the profil page , it will be far less suspicious, I will use my own adress ip and brand account, proxies will be too expensive
 

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I just checked 8 botted channel, all 8 channel got their subscribers pending for removal
Horrible....

I think I will use my own subscribers

I will subscribe on the video page and not on the profil page , it will be far less suspicious, I will use my own adress ip and brand account, proxies will be too expensive


In the past I used 20-30 brand account to subscribe to my own channel, they never got removed or something like that
If you use 20-30 you are fine, but if you use 1000 ... what will happen ? is it still fine ?
Also youtube ask me for phone number verification everytime I create one brand account...
 

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If they managed to detect most of the old methods and the subs used some channels may drop a few hundreds thousands without problems. I am curious how they will proceed in case of big earnings from certain profiles.
 

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If they managed to detect most of the old methods and the subs used some channels may drop a few hundreds thousands without problems. I am curious how they will proceed in case of big earnings from certain profiles.

They won't do anything to them.. pewdiepie, logan paul, ninja.. they are untouchable
 

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They won't do anything to them.. pewdiepie, logan paul, ninja.. they are untouchable

I didn't mean these kind of accounts, they are obviously not going to touch them. I mean there are profiles between 50k-200k with about 95% botted subscribers and I know a few of these. I would like to see if they manage to take them down completely.
 

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Videoguy I really hate you, you always come here to announce bad news, please go away from this forum , you are dangerous, you are far way worst than followiz
 

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It would be interesting to see how this affects YouTubes 2 biggest channels - Pewdiepie and T series.
 

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I've just lost all of my sub !
My channel is still monetized, don't know why ...maybe a delay ?
 

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I just checked some accounts, and yes, they removed many subscribers.
 

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New update from YouTube: This has now fully rolled out and subscriber counts are updated across YouTube (YouTube Analytics, the Channel page, etc). Reminder: if your channel had spam removed, you'll see a YouTube Studio alert.

Anyone who was buying subscribers get completely fucked? Who's services were you using? :)
 

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Thank you for the update. Was just about to order subs before I saw this ...


EDIT: Look up the socialblades of some YouTubers and I see them losing thousands of subscribers today. Interesting.
 
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