Lately, if you have noticed a sudden dip in the number of subscribers of your YouTube channel, it was because of a bug. Oh no, not the fall, but the sudden increase that your channel showed wasn t because you suddenly became really popular. It was a bug that was showing higher number of subscribers of a channel than there actually were. YouTube has now fixed the glitch and it has now gone back to displaying accurate number of subscribers. Also Read - YouTube gets over 10 billion downloads on Google Play storeAlso Read - How to delete YouTube search history in simple steps
YouTube earlier this week had confirmed on its support site that it had spotted a bug that was affecting the subscribers count, and that the issue has been fixed. The company also pointed out that even when the bug existed,the subscriber count on the YouTube Analytics were unaffected, and it showed accurate number of subscribers. Also Read - Google, YouTube, Gmail suffered massive outage last night: Here’s what happened
Since YouTube fixed the bug, users have been utterly confused about the sudden plunge in their subscriber count. Consequently, many took to social media to find out what s going on.
I lost over 25,000 subscribers so far today because of YouTube. Has this ever happened? Why?
Doug Censor Martin (@FaZe_Censor) June 28, 2016
What’s happening with #YouTube lately is bad. Most people are losing 2% off their subs, thats a lit creepy!
Matt Jaden (@JadenGFX) June 30, 2016
Back in 2014, Google-owned YouTube found out the way to track and eliminate the bogus bugs that affect subscriber count on the website. According to YouTube s policies, users who attempt to boost YouTube subscriber numbers, by purchasing subscribers from third-party website or via sub4sub exchanges, violate their Terms of Service. For the same reason, YouTube is on a constant lookout for channels that could be engaging in an illegitimate activity.
In a similar bug attack, in 2015, Instagram users saw a sudden increase in the total number of followers and of course most people were delighted by the sudden boost in their popularity. Instagram later confirmed that a bug had caused some users followers count to increase. Once the bug was fixed, the number of Instagram followers came back to reality.