Hey YouNubers, this week I have some information to pass along, which could affect your subscriber counts.
A YouTube live-streamer (BlackScreenTV) recently discovered a glitch in YouTube’s subscriber system in which a person would unsubscribe from the channel, but his sub count would go down by two instead of just one. And he actually caught this bug while streaming! Check out his video here. The video is just a black screen (real clever BlackScreenTV) so make sure your volume is turned on.
To test the bug, BlackScreenTV actually asked his subs to keep subbing and unsubbing to drop him down to zero, and you know what? He actually hit a NEGATIVE SUB COUNT. That’s right, he actually owed YouTube subscribers (that’s how negatives work, right?).
YouTube has responded and from what I understand, they have since fixed the issue. But considering they’ve been accused of having subscriber glitches and algorithm issues in the past, I’ll be keeping an eye on my sub counts.
Even though I’m a small channel, I too noticed that my sub count wasn’t updating properly. After a bit of research, I discovered that if someone subscribes to your channel and they keep their subs private, then you won’t be notified. So keep that in mind that your sub count may rise though you receive no notice, and hopefully your count doesn’t drop astronomically for no reason.
As content creators, it’s important that we’re aware of any issues that affect this platform we use, so if you notice anything strange going on with YouTube, hit me up in the comments.