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YouTube Is Purging Subscribers and Cracking Down on Harassment Before the New Year


A purge is coming to YouTube… but it’s not the kind you see in horror films. 

In a tweet on Dec. 3, the video-sharing platform revealed that all spam, abuse, and closed accounts would be scraped from the site’s metrics, which could lead to significant drops in subscriber count for many creators. But that’s not all. 

The video hosting service also released an update to its harassment policy, stating that the company will now be taking a stronger stance against content containing threats and personal attacks. Here’s how the changes might affect your favorite YouTubers.