YouTube faced another massive technical glitch last night, when many of their top creators saw their subscriber counts plummet scarily fast. People such as PewDiePie and h3h3 Productions lost up to 300,000 subscribers in one hour, but Tana Mongeau took the biggest hit overall with a 1.6 million drop in her subscribers. We did some research into what the YouTube Glitch was about and whether or not it can be fixed.
The problem was first noted by a YouTube channel called BlackScreenTV that was coincidently livestreaming the subscriber counts of both Tana Mongeau and iDubbbzTV following the upload of his most recent Content Cop. He noted that not only were these two seeing fluctuations in their subscribers counts, but so were other hugely popular channels. So, in no time at all, BlackScreenTV were able to livestream the subscriber glitch happening across YouTube; specifically to channels such as Buzzfeed, Leafy and Keemstar.
They seemed to have cracked what the glitch was: for every one person hitting “unsubscribe”, the live count would actually register two unsubscribes, meaning that people were able to troll channels by spamming the subscribe button. BlackScreenTV tested this theory out on themselves, and managed to get their own live counter down to -1,555 subscribers.
The term #YouTubeGlitch immediately started trending on Twitter, with many creators placing the blame on YouTube for having acted so nonchalant about their glitch while they “took some customers away from [the YouTubers] business”. Even Ethan Klein from h3h3 Productions was tweeting about his drop in subscribers, saying that him losing 140,000 subscribers meant he was “having a pretty good day”.
The video above also came from Ethan, who only hours before the #YouTubeGlitch appeared on PewDiePie’s channel in a comedy video and said that he feared he may have cost Felix hundreds of thousands of subscribers. In the video, you can see how quickly Felix is losing subscribers, in addition to hearing Ethan describe in brief terms what the hell was actually happening to YouTube.
Team YouTube have since clarified that the glitch does not mean “actual subscribers are lost” as “it’s only the count that is incorrect at the moment”. That issue seems to have been resolved now as well, with the likes of Tana, Felix, Ethan, Leafy, and Keemstar getting all their subscribers back (and then some). However, it’s interesting to point out that during the saga, creators like iDubbbzTV and Zoella didn’t lose a single subscriber.