By Sahil Patel
In an effort to curb faulty subscriptions, YouTube will soon start removing suspended accounts from all channels’ subscriber counts.
“This means some of you will notice a minor drop in your subscribers,” advised YouTube operations specialist Katie Hushion in a blog post. That said, the implementation of this new process should not affect other YouTube metrics, including a channel’s view-count and watch time.
“It’s extremely important to us that these numbers stay meaningful, so that you can be sure that when your sub count grows, it’s because you’re building a community of real fans who are going to keep watching and supporting you,” added Hushion. She likened the move to YouTube’s decision in February to clamp down on fake views.
The process begins on June 16. Going forward, a new automated system will ensure that suspended accounts are removed from the subscriber total as they occur. If a user’s account is somehow suspended by accident, YouTube has provisions in place to reverse the decision, said Hushion.