YouTube Is Doing A Verification Purge & YouTubers Are Freaking Out
Major changes are happening in the social media world. For the better or the worst – for some at least. ICYMI, Instagram is implementing a new policy that will block or remove contents that promotes weight-loss or cosmetic procedures to its younger users – specifically under 18 years old.
Now, YouTube just dropped some major bomb news. On 20th Sept, YouTube announced on Twitter that they will be changing its verification requirements in October. This means that some of the users will be unverified and content creators are freaking out!
It should be easy to know when you’ve found the official YouTube channel of a creator, artist, brand, or public figure.
So in late October, we’re updating what it means for channels to be “Verified” w/ new eligibility criteria & a new look.
— TeamYouTube (@TeamYouTube) September 19, 2019
YouTube explained, “Our new criteria prioritizes verifying prominent channels that have a clear need for proof of authenticity,” adding that the verification requirements included “authenticity and “prominence”.
Popular YouTubers have since voiced out their disapproval over YouTube’s big move. James Charles felt it was pointless and hopes that the verification badge doesn’t discourage any creators.
I’m really sorry to the creators who are being unverified on @YouTube today. This decision is really pointless and it’s yet another change not a single person asked for 😐 PLEASE know that you are still valid as a creator and I hope that a stupid checkmark doesn’t discourage you!
— James Charles (@jamescharles) September 19, 2019
Manny MUA agreed with James, adding that this may just divide the YouTubers unity!
Honestly it’s completely pointless and creates even MORE divide between creators….. when the platform should be promoting more unity 😕
— Manny MUA (@MannyMua733) September 19, 2019
Well, there were a lot of disagreements to YouTube’s new direction.
a small update: a youtuber with 1 million subs (russoplays) actually has gotten an email that he'll be unverified in a month, so in regards to the "creator" thing in the email, no one is really safe from this. unless you have millions of subs, a brand, or a celeb, get lost! pic.twitter.com/ohkRP9szeK
— Kitten✨ (@KonekoKittenYT) September 19, 2019
Can you be a bit more specific about what the new requirements are? Because it feels like a bit of a kick in the teeth getting an email saying i've not built a large audience when I've been doing this for 10 years and have 1.6 million subscribers.
— Smallishbeans (@Smallishbeans) September 19, 2019
Youtube has decided to unverify me and many others. A few things:
2. I was on one of the biggest YouTube events of all time
3. I’m verified on Twitter cuz twitter is cooler
4. Why does youtube constantly do dumb things
5. My tiktok is verified and thats what matters😤 pic.twitter.com/nvswo8Cund
— OVERT | PJ (@overtflow) September 19, 2019
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