YouTube has officially backtracked on controversial plans to take away ‘verified’ badges from some creators.The original plan was to introduce new criteria for earning verification status, and removing existing badges from channels that no longer meet the new criteria.YouTube announced these plans on Thursday and went back on its decision roughly 24 hours later. That means all YouTube channels that are currently verified will get to keep their badge.All channels that are not yet verified will be eligible to apply for verification when they reach 100,000 subscribers, which has always been the case.The key word here is all channels. YouTube’s original plans involved limiting verification to channels and creators that are at a high risk of being impersonated.That would have included celebrities, musicians, famous influencers, and so on. The average YouTuber starting out would have had little to no chance of becoming verified even if they managed to hit 100,000 subscribers.YouTube Backtracks, ApologizesYouTube’s original plans resulted in considerable backlash from the community, which prompted an apology from CEO Susan Wojcickiz:“To our creators & users–I’m sorry for the frustration & hurt that we caused with our new approach to verification. While trying to make improvements, we missed the mark. As I… Read full this story
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