YouTube has just made an announcement that could potentially upset creators on the video platform. The company has said that over the course of the next few days, they will be purging YouTube of spam subscribers. In a post on the company blog, it has ben noted that creators could see a small drop in their follower count and YouTube will send out notices to all account impacted.
The purge will occur on the 13th and 14th of December and is something YouTube does periodically. YouTube keeps purging fake follower accounts from the platform so as to keep the playing field fair to all creators. A post on YouTube’s product forum explained that the company identified and fixed “an issue that caused some spam not to be removed.”
While big-name creators wouldn’t take a major hit due to this, it is the small-time creators who are mostly at risk. YouTube has a threshold of 1000 subscribers for creators to be a part of the Partner Program, something you have to be a part of to make money off your YouTube videos. Now any account whose follower count falls below the 1000 subscriber mark will automatically be removed from the Partner Program, and will need to re-apply once they have gained the requisite followers.
You can read YouTube’s complete note below.
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!