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12/13/18
Original Poster
Jordan - YouTube

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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All Replies (264)
Science Games
12/13/18
Science Games
i’m not sure this is good...
Google user
12/13/18
Google user
RIP is me.

Svetlin Totev
12/13/18
Svetlin Totev
Are you going to give us more information about your procedures for selecting fake accounts or are you going to keep it a secret to make abuse harder. Obviously even if you keep it a secret people will figure it out and start abusing it. It would be great if you force potentially fake accouts to verify themselves just to make sure they aren't real people acting weirdly or just not very active users. It would be really bad if you unsubscribe millions of real people from their favourite channels. I will be watching my subscription list.
Kucing Kucingan Tv
12/13/18
Kucing Kucingan Tv
Wow This is very helpful, I am very grateful
Nordern
12/13/18
Nordern
This is great to hear! I want my subs to be active ones & not botted nor innactive in any way! Cheers!
Nickname863
12/13/18
Nickname863
@Nordern From the wording it doesn't sound like they are removing inactive Subs. Seems more like they remove Bot-Channels.
Emanuel Martinez
12/13/18
Emanuel Martinez
Excelent, thanks!
Google user
12/13/18
Google user
Mind elaborating on this supposed "mix of industry leading techniques and proprietary technology" you keep bringing up?
MgrMan
12/13/18
MgrMan
Is this also going to effect all those people who grew through sub for sub?
Verlis
12/14/18
Verlis
Cool, now do something about dislikes. People that are subbed to channels only to dislike should not have their rating count or at least make it to where everyone has to watch at least a minute or % of the video to leave a rating. 
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4G funny videos
12/14/18
4G funny videos
What you want do What I say you.

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