YouTube announced on their blog that on June 16 they would be adjusting your channel subscriber count to remove suspended accounts. Active viewer numbers should not be affected, however, as this is only involves those accounts that have indeed been suspended. For active accounts that may have been inadvertently suspended, a reversal process has been put in place.
Here is a breakdown of some of the questions being discussed after the YouTube announcement:
- What is the point of this purge? YouTube states in their announcement that this is “similar to existing ways we ensure that other site metrics, like views, are free of spam and abuse, and keep YouTube a fair playing field for everyone.”
- Am I losing my followers? If your subscribers are active on YouTube (watching videos, posting content, commenting and sharing), you will not lose them in your subscriber count. However, if you have subscribers are not actively using their accounts or are “fake” profiles, you may be losing some of your subscribers after June 16.
- Will my YouTube account be suspended? If you are actively using YouTube, no, your account should not be suspended. However, if your account is deactivated by accident, there is a process to reverse the suspension.
- Do I need to do anything? No action is needed on your part regarding the purge of suspended accounts. To keep your active subscribers happy, however, keep producing new, original and creative video content!
- How will I know if my subscribers have been affected? Simply check your YouTube channel after June 16 and see if your subscriber count has changed.
What are your thoughts on this announcement? Are you concerned about this change, or do you think this is a good step toward improving metrics? Let us know what you think, and stay tuned to our blog for more updates!