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YouTube is Removing Spam Accounts Which May Cause Noticeable Decrease in Subscribers

December 13, 2018 / Matt Southern

YouTube is warning users that they may see a noticeable decrease in subscriber count as the company purges spam accounts. This will occur from December 13-14, according to an announcement in the YouTube help forum: A YouTube representative goes on to explain that its efforts to remove spam should assure users that they’re organically building an authentic community. Even if a channel did not intentionally acquire spam subscribers, they may have acquired some as a result of the actions of other channels. Metrics such as watch time should not be impacted since spam subscribers do not actively engage with content. Channels that end up having spam subscribers removed will see a notification banner in YouTube Studio or Classic Creator Studio.