YouTube has made an announcement that users may see a noticeable decrease in their subscriber count as they will be purging spam subscriptions.
The removal of spam accounts from channels will take place between December 13 and 14.
“Today/tomorrow, we’ll be taking action and removing subscribers that were in fact spam from our systems.”
The company notes though it verifies regularly the legitimacy of user accounts and actions on YouTube channels, however, some spam accounts could not be removed due to a recent fix.
Adding further, it goes on to say, that by removal of spam assure YouTube remains a fair platform for all and users’ are organically building an authentic community.
Additionally, removal of spam subscribers is often seen as making a channel look more popular than they actually are, added YouTube.
And, since spammers are not actively engaged with content it should not have any effect on metrics such as channels’ watch time.
How Does a Channel Know if it had Spam Subscriptions?
YouTube explains, once spam subscribers are removed from subscriber count, that channel will see a banner in the YouTube Studio or Classic Creator Studio.
To identify between a spam or legitimate subscriber, a mix of leading industry and proprietary technologies are used, says YouTube.
Elaborating more, the team says often spammers subscribe to different channels rather than subscribing to only those channels that are involved in spam purchasing.
Lastly, as a result of the removal, if a channel falls below the YouTube Partner Program (YPP) threshold of 1,000 subscriptions, they will no longer meet the minimum requirements and will be removed from the YPP program.
However, those channels still have an option to reapply once they are able to rebuild their subscribers base “organically.”
In another related post, YouTube has published an update on removal and tackling comments in its efforts to enforce YouTube’s Community Guidelines.
The company says in addition to using a mix of human reviewers and technology to identify and address violative content it has been using machine learning since 2017.
To meet this challenge, it’s now expanding quarterly YouTube Community Guidelines Enforcement Report with additional data such as “channel removals, the number of comments removed, and policy reason behind the removal of a video or channel.”
With a focus on removing violative content even before it is viewed by the public, the company says it has removed 7.8 million videos between July to September 2018.
Adding, 81 percent of these videos were first detected by machines, and of those 74.5 percent had never received a single view, the team said.
Over 90% of the channels and over 80% of the videos that were removed during this time violated policies on spam or adult content.
YouTube also significantly tackled those involved in violent extremism and child safety enforcement as “over 90 percent of videos uploaded and removed in September 2018 had fewer than 10 views.”
“We saw that 10.2% of video removals were for child safety, while Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM) represents a fraction of a percent of the content we remove.”
For comments as well, the company says it uses same smart detection tech along with human reviewers to flag, review, and remove spam, hate speech, and other abuse in comments.
Additionally, more than one million YouTube creators are using tools to moderate comments on their videos.
These tools offer them abilities such as hold all comments for review, or automatically hold comments with links or may have offensive content.
To tackle violative comments, YouTube has removed more than 24 million comments for violating Community Guidelines from July to September of 2018.
“The majority of removals were for spam and the total number of removals represents a fraction of the billions of comments posted on YouTube each quarter.”
As we have removed more comments, we’ve seen our comment ecosystem actually grow, not shrink.
YouTube as with spam subscribers, removal of spam comments has resulted in the growth of comment ecosystem as “daily users are 11 percent more likely to be commenters than they were last year,” the team said.
Lastly, in the YoyTube news today, YouTube Charts are now available in YouTube Music as playlists.
With this launch, users can easily explore the hottest songs and videos both globally and locally in 29 markets.
YouTube Charts, which are a go-to destination that helps to see what music is hot on YouTube and now it include the following within YouTube Music top 100 songs and music videos, and top 20 trending local charts.
The charts are currently topped by Ariana Grande’s “thank u, next,” with a number of views that goes over 1 billion global music fans on YouTube each month.