YouTube Question "On December 13-14, 2018, you may see a noticeable decrease in your subscriber count..."

Tito Tim

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I noticed a banner on my YT studio page. I almost ignored it as I thought it was the same old 'annotations leaving' banner, but something caught my eye:
On December 13-14, 2018, you may see a noticeable decrease in your subscriber count as we remove spam from your channel. You will see an alert in YouTube Studio if impacted.
So... it is the 14DEC, has anyone seen a drop in sub numbers? I suspect they will be cleaning out old deleted accounts. But it could also be going after sub-4-sub? All the regulars on this forum are very good at discouraging sub-4-sub, so hopefully no one here gets hit too hard.

So far I have seen no noticeable drop in my subscriptions. I have been out of the country for 2 months and not paying attention, but it seems like about the same number I had.
 

Paul

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I lost about 140 subs on Dec.10. Many other creators are reporting losses on a Facebook group Im in. One guy lost over 2500!
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Ive never seen my graph drop into the negatives for a day...
 

kunicross

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I lost one :joy:

I saw the message on the YT Twitter account I guess the numbers mostly are relevant regarding to subscribers base. (loosing 2.4 k when you have 500k subs would be about as much as my one)

I wanted to look into the statistics a bit later since I don't really trust them to be accurate down to hours so I'll take another peek on Sunday or Monday.
 

Andrew

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I noticed a banner on my YT studio page. I almost ignored it as I thought it was the same old 'annotations leaving' banner, but something caught my eye:


So... it is the 14DEC, has anyone seen a drop in sub numbers? I suspect they will be cleaning out old deleted accounts. But it could also be going after sub-4-sub? All the regulars on this forum are very good at discouraging sub-4-sub, so hopefully no one here gets hit too hard.

So far I have seen no noticeable drop in my subscriptions. I have been out of the country for 2 months and not paying attention, but it seems like about the same number I had.
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Karl F Rose

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I noticed a banner on my YT studio page. I almost ignored it as I thought it was the same old 'annotations leaving' banner, but something caught my eye:


So... it is the 14DEC, has anyone seen a drop in sub numbers? I suspect they will be cleaning out old deleted accounts. But it could also be going after sub-4-sub? All the regulars on this forum are very good at discouraging sub-4-sub, so hopefully no one here gets hit too hard.

So far I have seen no noticeable drop in my subscriptions. I have been out of the country for 2 months and not paying attention, but it seems like about the same number I had.
I lost 4 subs
 
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Tito Tim

Tito Tim

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I lost 11. I am ok with that. I know there were some inactive accounts, and I never played sub-4-sub. I am still up 50 for this month... and have not posted anything in almost 2 months (long vacation to the US). I am back to posting vids and getting back on track :)
 

GearVlogz

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Knock on wood, If I were to believe this I did not lose any on Dec 13-14 time period. In reality, I see the numbers drop but by the end of the day, the subs lost were quickly regained if that makes sense.
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kunicross

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Knock on wood, If I were to believe this I did not lose any on Dec 13-14 time period. In reality, I see the numbers drop but by the end of the day, the subs lost were quickly regained if that makes sense.
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Could of course be that you gained 10 and lost 11 on that day since the graph only show the absolute number.

I think nobody who didn't loose like 2 digit precents of subscribers or just dropped below 1.000 subs should be to worried - most likely no views or watchtime should have been coming from those accounts and if youtube closed them nothing could come from there anyway.

I'm still glad nobody in the community here seems to have been substantially hit. :)
 

Shelena Shares

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I didn't see the banner and I finally hit 30 subs. That's right, thirty. Since adding TB 2 weeks ago I gained 3 subscribers and a significant increase in views.