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YouTube is planning to un-verify some users

Abigail Malbon
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From Cosmopolitan

  • YouTube has announced plans to change its verification requirements.
  • The move means some vloggers will no longer be officially verified, and will lose their tick.

Uh-oh, looks like there's trouble ahead for a bunch of YouTubers who may or may not lose their official verification from the site.

YouTube has just announced that it's changing its verification requirements, explaining: "Our new criteria prioritises verifying prominent channels that have a clear need for proof of authenticity."

The changes are being made in an effort to help visitors find the content they're really looking for, and the site tweeted: "It should be easy to know when you’ve found the official YouTube channel of a creator, artist, brand, or public figure."

Obviously, YouTubers who make a living from their videos immediately began to panic upon hearing the news, with many replying to the tweet with ~questions~.

James Charles tweeted: "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!"

Manny MUA replied: "Honestly it’s completely pointless and creates even MORE divide between creators..... when the platform should be promoting more unity."

DRAMA.

Upon realising that they started a mass online panic, YouTube tweeted a follow-up, explaining: "Additional clarification:

"No one lost a verification badge today–If you received an email that your channel will no longer be verified, this was just an advanced notice & you can appeal

"The checkmark has never appeared on YouTube mobile channel pages (this will be added soon)"

So I guess we'll just wait and see how this one develops?

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