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YouTube Is Going To Get Rid Of Live Subscriber Counts

YouTube Is Going To Get Rid Of Live Subscriber Counts

YouTube has said from August it will be no longer be showing exactly how many subscribers a channel has, by ditching live subscriber counters.

In a blog post, the company has said that only YouTube creators will have access to the precise number, while visitors to the channel will only see an abbreviated subscriber count.

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YouTube accounts will only show abbreviated subscriber numbers from August. Credit: PA
YouTube accounts will only show abbreviated subscriber numbers from August. Credit: PA

A statement from the firm reads: "To create more consistency everywhere that we publicly display subscriber counts, starting in August 2019, we'll begin showing the abbreviated subscriber number across all public YouTube surfaces."

As well as having a standardised abbreviated display on its own site, YouTube will also be making it so that third-party firms, such as Social Blade, will also only be able to show abbreviated figures and won't be able to host live-subscriber counters.

Only the channel's creator will be able to see the specific numbers.

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The company also shared some examples of how it will work in real-life, posting: "If a channel has 4,227 subscribers, the public subscriber count will read '4.2k' until the channel reaches 4,300.

"If a channel has 133,017 subscribers, the public subscriber count will read '133K' until the channel reaches 134,000.

If a channel has 51,389,232, the public subscriber count will read '51M' until the channel reaches 52,000,000."

The new rules will only apply to channels with more than 1,000 subscribers - so if you've got 982 subscribers it won't round down 900, but as soon as it hits over 1,000 it'll begin to show the abbreviated numbers.


YouTuber James Charles recently lost a record number of subscribers. Credit: YouTube/James Charles
YouTuber James Charles recently lost a record number of subscribers. Credit: YouTube/James Charles

The new rules were announced amidst a bunch of high-profile YouTuber campaigns and spats.

Firstly, we had the months-long Subscribe to PewDiePie campaign which aimed to keep the popular YouTuber top as he faced tough competition from T Series. Live subscriber counts were used by fans to see how the battle was going.

And, of course more recently we've also had the whole James Charles and Tati Westbrook beef - which saw Charles lose a record-number of subscribers in just a few days, before gaining a bunch back. Fans were able to use Social Blades' live subscriber count to see how well... or badly, Charles was getting on.

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Topics: Technology, YouTube

Claire Reid

Claire is a journalist at LADbible who, after dossing around for a few years, went to Liverpool John Moores University. She graduated with a degree in Journalism and a whole load of debt. When not writing words in exchange for money she is usually at home watching serial killer documentaries surrounded by cats. You can contact Claire at [email protected]

 

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