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YouTube CEO Issues Twitter Apology, Makes Changes After Verification Outcry

While verified YouTubers get to retain their verified status as per the new policy, YouTube users with one lakh subscribers can apply for authenticity badges.

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Updated:September 24, 2019, 12:57 PM IST
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YouTube CEO Issues Twitter Apology, Makes Changes After Verification Outcry
Youtube's new controversial verification policy drew an outcry from creators on the video-sharing platform. Image: Twitter/Susan Wojcicki

A day after suggesting the introduction of verification policies for creators, YouTube has now backtracked on the verification system changes. This essentially means that current verified YouTubers will get to keep their verification status, whereas the YouTubers who are not yet verified can only apply after reaching 100,000 subscribers. Last week, the video-sharing platform announced a few changes to its verification policies. In a company blog, YouTube wrote, “When viewers come to YouTube, it’s important that they know that the channel they are watching is the official presence of the creator, artist, public figure or company that it represents. With that in mind, we’re announcing upcoming changes to our channel verification programme starting in late October. There are two parts to the new verification programme, a new look and new eligibility requirements.”

However, given the backlash that the company received over the changes, YouTube rolled out changes to its verification programme. The company’s CEO Susan Wojcicki also took to Twitter to issue an apology and promised to re-evaluate the company’s recently revamped policy. On September 21, Wojcicki tweeted, “To our creators and users – I’m sorry for the frustration and hurt that we caused with our new approach to verification. While trying to make improvements, we missed the mark. As I write this, we’re working to address your concerns and we’ll have more updates soon.”

However, one single key change isn’t being reversed. The tech company will actually verify which channels are authentic. In other terms, instead of checkmarks, which used to denote verification, the company will now have a badge over a channel’s name. However, it won’t be implemented until next year.

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| Edited by: Chhavianshika Singh
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