Will YouTube's action against spam subs affect PewDiePie vs T-Series battle?

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YouTube has announced they’re going after spam subscriptions. In a tweet sent out by Team YouTube, the company said users may see a noticeable decrease in their sub count as spam subscriptions are being removed. Following is the tweet in question:

The details of the announcement are in a thread on Google Product Forums. Here’s a relevant excerpt from that thread:

We’ve recently identified and fixed an issue that caused some spam not to be removed. Today/tomorrow, we’ll be taking action and removing subscribers that were in fact spam from our systems

The announcement thread also contains a useful FAQ section where-in YouTube explains if they remove spam subscribers from your channel, you should see a banner in YouTube Studio or Classic Creator Studio.

Also, channels that fall below 1,000 subscribers due to this action will no longer meet the minimum requirement for YPP and will be removed from the program. You can check out the complete details here.

PewDiePie, YouTube’s most subscribed channel reacted to the development with a light hearted comment.


But on a serious note, Felix supported the move:


Of course, fans of the Swedish YouTuber believe this change will widen the sub gap between PewDiePie and T-Series, making it even more difficult for the latter to catch up. Currently, the gap already stands at 1 million.


It’d be interesting to see how YouTube’s action against spam subscribers affects both these channels and the subscriber battle between them.

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