YouTube to automate channel subscriber counts from June 16

YouTube is to start automating the subscriber counts for all channels starting on June 16th, which will automatically remove suspended accounts from the total number of subscribers.

According to the Official YouTube Partners & Creators blog, the new system will be "similar to existing ways we ensure that other site metrics, like views," and is intended to cut out spam and make the channel counts more accurate and "meaningful."

The main changes include removing suspended accounts from a channel subscription as they occur, but also have a safeguard to reverse the action should an account be accidently suspended.

YouTube also reminded users that they could notice a "minor drop" in the number of subscribers after June 16, when the suspended accounts are removed from the total number of subscribers. 

Neowin has just under 1400 subscribers on the official YouTube channel.

YouTube channel operators aren't required to do anything before or on June 16 when the counts are reset, as the system is fully automated.

Katie Hushion, YouTube Operations Specialist, had this to say of the change:

With that in mind, we’ll soon implement a new process to improve the accuracy of subscriber counts. It’s similar to existing ways we ensure that other site metrics, like views, are free of spam and abuse, and keep YouTube a fair playing field for everyone.

We can only guess at how much these channels get affected by the recount, with the largest (auto generated YT channel, Music) boasting over 85 million subscribers, how many will it have after the suspended accounts are removed?

YouTube was launched in 2005 and then purchased for US$1.65 billion in November 2006 by Google, it now runs as a subsidiary for the company.

Source: YouTube

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There'll be giant drops everywhere. If say for example someone has 85 million subscribers wouldn't they get the views to match? I've seen channels with about 1 million subscribers getting only 20k views per video, and those views are not even from the subscription module.

Youtube took a much larger step two years ago by unsubscribing inactive subscribers which vastly outweigh the amount of suspended accounts.

It does say that *active* subscribers won't be affected, since I'm unsure if *inactive* subscribers get purged over time, I decided not to speculate :p

When I read this article, I was like "wait, so before, did they have some guys sitting in an office manually counting how many subscribers each channel out there had?" (which would sound pretty ridiculous... lol).

According to the source blog post, the change is simply that suspended accounts will no longer count towards that subscriber number, and YouTube will automatically remove an account from everyone's subscriber counts when said account gets suspended. They didn't really mention any other changes beyond that in that post.