YouTube is terminating a large number of spam accounts. The company has indicated that creators may see a significant amount of decrease in their subscriber counts as the cleanup took place. An official post on YouTube’s product forum has pointed out that these terminations are part of routine maintenance the company performs. Removing spam accounts will provide help keeping YouTube A Fair Playing Field for creators. They were formerly able to artificially increase a channel’s subscriber count. It is still unclear that how many channels will be removed, but YouTube needs people to prepare for an expected decline.
The blogs post said, “We regularly verify the legitimacy of accounts and actions on your YouTube channel. As part of these regular checks, we identified and will remove a number of subscribers that were in fact spam from our systems”. The blog post specifically pointed out that spam accounts are normally used to make a channel look more famous than its original position. Some major channels such as PewDiePie and T-Series may experience a decrease. It will affect their ongoing competition, but it’s smaller creators who face the biggest risk since they could lose their ability to monetize videos.
It was also said in the blog post that channels that had a high percentage of spam and fall below 1,000 subscribers will no longer meet the essential requirement for YPP (YouTube Partner Program) and they will be eliminated from the program. The blog post added that they are encouraged to reapply once they’ve rebuilt their organic subscribers. The elimination process will happen between today and December 14th. The owners of eliminated channels will experience a banner in Classic Creator Studio or YouTube Studio.