On Sept. 19, YouTube made an official announcement that they were planning to remove verification badges from a large swathe of users in an effort to change the way being verified works. This change would also allow the platform to change the checkmark and the way people look at it. However, the problem is that most of the independent creators on YouTube would suffer from losing their verification badges.
Almost immediately, many YouTube users expressed their upset over this decision, with the backlash reaching a fever pitch within 24 hours of the announcement being made. According to CNN, the backlash reached such impressive levels that the company has once again changed their stance on the verification badges.
It seems that YouTube realized that they were “missing the mark” by taking away the verified check mark that so many content creators use to bring in viewers. In a new blog post from the company on Sept. 20, they made it clear that they have changed their minds about taking away currently verified users badges. This means that no appeals will need to be filed, and anyone who is currently verified will remain verified.
However, while YouTube might have changed their decision about the verification check marks, they are still looking into ways to better allow people to get the verified badge. For now, any channel with more than 100,000 subscribers is eligible to be verified, although the company is planning to do a better review process moving forward. Ultimately, the company is looking to be more discerning when it comes to channels being verified, but if content creators already have the verification badge, they will get to keep it (at least for now).
Written by Kimberley Spinney
CNN – YouTube won’t take verified badges away from creators after backlash
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