YouTube will no longer publicly display the total number of subscribers for channels with more than 1,000 subscribers.
Starting in August 2019, YouTube will start displaying abbreviated the subscriber counts wherever the channel numbers are displayed.
This change will also affect third parties using the YouTube API services.
Creators will still be able to access their exact number of subscribers in YouTube Studio.
What will it look like?
Exact the number of subscribers will be displayed for channels with less than 1000 subscribers.
For channels with more than 1,000 subscribers, YouTube will shorten public subscriber numbers on a sliding scale.
Here's what it means:
- 4,227 subscribers will be displayed as "4.2k " until the channel reaches 4,300. li>
- 133,017 subscribers will be displayed as "133K " until the channel reaches 134,000.
- 51,389,232 subscribers Users will be displayed as "51M up to 'the channel reaches 52,000,000.
YouTube notes that more specific details will be shared directly with creators before August.
The company didn 't mention why this change is being made, but anyone following recent events on YouTube could probably doa precise assumption.
Without going too far in detail, I would say that the YouTube community has developed an alarming obsession with the number of subscribers of others chains.
So much so that when two YouTubers run away from each other, users set up live feeds showing each other. The number of users' subscribers increases or decreases.
Perhaps even more alarming is that these streams attract thousands of simultaneous viewers.
By not making the number of subscribers accessible to the public, YouTube is probably trying to end this obsession before it becomes even more problematic.
The abbreviated number of subscribers will make the above-mentioned live channels almost redundant in August.