YouTube creators to see decline in subscriber count amid removal of closed accounts on...

Humza

TechSpot Staff
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YouTube ruffled quite a few feathers last month when it announced a new rule under its "Account Suspension & Termination" policy for terminating accounts that the site no longer deems to be "commercially viable."

The latest change to the platform might not be as controversial, but it does remain noticeable, especially for content creators, some of whom might see a decline in their subscriber count, an attribute that potentially makes or breaks a YouTube channel by directly affecting the ability to monetize it through various methods.

The company says that the purge drive comes as part of keeping the website clean of spam and abuse from accounts that are in policy violations as well as removing those which users have willingly shut down.

It also said that a channel's watch time should remain unaffected by this change and that it will start to reflect in YouTube Analytics this week. Creators who'd like to see the closed accounts removed from their channel can do so by going to "See more" in the YouTube Analytics menu and then select "Closed Accounts" from "Subscription Source."

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QuantumPhysics

TS Evangelist
I totally understand that Youtube is a business and they have to look out for their bottom line. Accounts without subscribers or views which are being used solely to store videos should be closed down.

Unfortunately, there are many accounts that do have videos or clips that are worthwhile to keep for community reference.

As a Youtube partner with over 60,000 subs, I really wish Youtube could be treated more like a video archive so that culturally significant videos can be stored indefinitely.
 

Uncle Al

TS Evangelist
Unfortunately, there are many accounts that do have videos or clips that are worthwhile to keep for community reference.

I totally agree. There are several instructional video's out there that have, while being abandoned or the company producing them is out of operation, are VERY worthwhile and have not been duplicated in a reasonable form. Perhaps YouTube needs to create a separate for those video's and either maintain them or see if there is anyone or company willing to "sponsor" their existence.