- YouTube will begin only showing abbreviated subscriber counts on its platform starting in August.
- The change is expected to impact third-party sites like Social Blade, that track real-time subscribers losses and gains.
- Though it’s unclear why YouTube has decided to make the change, many note that it comes during a time when subscriber changes have been heavily focused on in several recent online feuds.
Abbreviated Sub Counts Announced
Youtube announced a major change to the way it displays channel subscriber counts on Tuesday, which could stop third-party analytic sites like Social Blade from displaying real-time subscriber losses and gains.
In a blog post on YouTube’s support page, the company said it will soon display only abbreviated public subscriber counts across the platform, instead of full counts.
“To create more consistency everywhere that we publicly display subscriber counts, starting in August 2019, we’ll begin showing the abbreviated subscriber number across all public YouTube surfaces,” the post reads.
“For channels with fewer than 1,000 subscribers, the exact (non-abbreviated) subscriber count will still be shown. Once your channel passes the 1000 subscriber milestone, we will begin to abbreviate your public subscriber numbers on a sliding scale.”
The company laid out a few examples of what the changes will look like. For example, if a channel has 7,237,932 subscribers, then YouTube will display the count as simply 7.2M.
Impact on Social Blade
This might not seem like a huge deal, but it could potentially change the current culture on YouTube.
Whenever social media influencers are involved in any online controversies, viewers first jump to third-party sites like Social Blade to see if the drama is negatively or positively impacting the creators involved.
In the announcement, YouTube specifically states: “Third parties that use YouTube’s API Services will also access the same public facing counts you see on YouTube. Creators will still be able to see their exact number of subscribers in YouTube Studio.”
When asked by users if this update will affect its numbers, Social Blade didn’t appear to be too concerned, tweeting that it should still be able to present accurate data on the site.
But minutes later, Social Blade followed up with another post, writing, “Upon closer look, it might affect our data display, but only time will tell.”
Social Blade later tweeted that it had reached out to YouTube for clarification and is waiting to hear back.
In a statement to the Verge, the CEO of Social Blade Jason Urgo confirmed that he was still waiting on a response, but added, “it appears like it will hit any third party which would include us as well.”
Subscriber Counts & YouTube Drama
Though YouTube has not directly given a reason for the change, many have noted that it comes at a time when YouTube sub counts have been closely monitored by viewers. Unsubscribing from a YouTuber after any scandal is one of the easiest ways viewers can pull back their support and it’s become a bigger and bigger focus in recent months.
The focus on real-time subscriber changes were seen all throughout PewDiePie’s battle with T-Series, during all of the drama that unfolded in the beauty community between James Charles, Tati Westbrook, and Jeffree Star, and even more recently after popular gamer Turner “Tfue” Tenny sued the gaming collective FaZe Clan.
During all of these massively followed feuds, sub counts have even been live streamed on channels dedicated to tracking the changes, often using data from Social Blade.
The public’s growing interest in taunting creators over subscriber losses has helped sites like Social Blade rise in popularity. Earlier this week, the site thanked its visitors for the increase in traffic that has poured in during the last few weeks alone.
What's even more impressive then that though, I was looking through the list of sites in the top 500 in the US and they list "Daily Time on Site" (basically "watch time" for websites, and guess what… We are NUMBER ONE! WOW!!!! (and #2 in the global list!!)— Social Blade (@SocialBlade) May 21, 2019
It’s unclear if any of the community’s drama or the rise in online cancel culture playing any role in YouTube’s decision. Regardless, it could change the way users follow subscriber changes in future online controversies.
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New Footage Released in Jussie Smollet Case
- Chicago Police released footage in the Jussie Smollett case, including footage of them arriving at his apartment after the alleged attack, which shows the actor still wearing a rope around his neck.
- A special prosecutor was appointed on Friday to look into the case and look into a previous prosecutors’ decision to drop charges against Smollett.
- Though Smollett has maintained his innocence, Chicago Police have been clear that they believe he staged a hate crime against himself in January.
- Due to the recent appointment of a special prosecutor, Smollett could be charged in the case again.
Chicago police released video footage on Monday from the Jussie Smollett case, including body cam footage of their response after the incident.
The footage, which was obtained by local media outlets, runs up to 70 hours long. Smollett, an actor best known for his role on Empire, was accused of staging a hate crime against himself in January.
In the clip showing police arriving at his apartment after the alleged attack, a man who identifies himself as Smollett’s creative director greets the police and takes them upstairs. He quickly tells the police who Smollett is.
“He, he is like a star,” he says. “He works on the show Empire…he doesn’t want this to be a big deal, you see what I’m saying.”
Once police enter the apartment, Smollett can be seen with a rope on his neck. Officers ask if he wants to remove it.
“Yeah, I do,” Smollett responds. “I just wanted you to see.”
He then removes the rope and tells officers bleach was poured on him. When he learns that he is being recorded, he requests for filming to stop.
Officers also released videos from before and after the alleged attack. One video depicts the Osundairo brothers, the original suspects in the case, in a cab on the way to the alleged scene. Another video shows them fleeing a nearby area.
According to the Chicago Tribune, police also released documents about the case, including text messages between one of the Osundairo brothers and Smollett. The Tribune says that the messages show that Smollett may have reached out to the brothers for drugs on a regular basis.
Previous document dumps have also shown Smollett texting the Osundairo brothers “Might need your help on the low” prior to the alleged attack.
Special Prosecutor Appointed
This footage dump comes several days after a special prosecutor was appointed to look into Smollett’s case. This opens the door for Smollett to be charged in relation to the incident again. On Friday, a Cook County judge wrote a 21-page opinion about his decision.
“The unprecedented irregularities identified in this case warrants the appointment of independent counsel to restore the public’s confidence in the integrity of our criminal justice system,” he wrote.
Smollett was indicted on 16 criminal counts. Charges were later dropped against him in a reversal that angered the Chicago Police Department. The prosecutor will look specifically into the decision to drop all charges against Smollett. They will also look into Cook County State Attorney Kim Foxx’s recusal from the case, and her choice to appoint one of her aides as a replacement.
Chief Communications Officer for Chicago Police tweeted about the special prosecutor and maintained their belief in Smollett’s guilt.
Background on Smollett Case
In January, Smollett claimed that two masked men attacked him by yelling racial and homophobic slurs, tying a rope around his neck, pouring bleach on him, and yelling “this is MAGA country.” When police identified and interrogated two suspects, the Osandairo brothers, they told officers they were paid by Smollett to stage the attack.
Smollett was charged with several felony counts, including disorderly conduct and filing a false police report. He turned himself into authorities, but charges were dropped on March 26. He had to pay $10,000 in bond to the city of Chicago.
Smollett maintains his innocence in the case. However, Chicago Police are suing the actor, and the Osandairo brothers are suing his attorneys. He will not appear in the next season of Empire.
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Cosplay Instagram Star Belle Delphine Trolls Followers With PornHub Account
- Instagrammer Belle Delphine posted a photo saying she would create a Pornhub account if the post reached one million likes.
- The post hit the goal and as promised she created an account.
- However, internet users were surprised to find trolling videos instead of the porn they expected.
- Some found her prank to be funny, while others were upset they did not get the content they felt they were promised.
Delphine’s Instagram Promise
Belle Delphine’s 3.5 million Instagram followers know her for her racy cosplay. But now, her most recent claim to fame is being a troll.
On Sunday, Delphine posted a photo of herself in an even more scantily clad ensemble than usual. She paired it with a high-stakes caption.
“If this photo gets 1 MILLION likes I’ll actually make a pornhub account,” she wrote in her post, which coincided with Father’s Day. “The time has officially come. Tag Ur friends/dad to help out!”
Naturally, thirsty internet users flocked to Instagram to eagerly double-tap the picture. The post reached well over the required likes and currently sits at over 1.8 million.
Pornhub even commented on the post saying, “This is the best news I’ve heard all year.”
The next day, Delphine congratulated her followers for rising to the challenge and assured them that content was on the way. On Thursday, she announced that she had followed through with her promise.
Delphine Creates Troll Pornhub Account
However, once fans arrived at Delphine’s Pornhub page, they quickly realized that they had been pranked. While each video has a provocative title, none of them were the porn videos people expected to see.
One video called “PEWDIEPIE goes all the way INSIDE Belle Delphine” depicts Delphine biting and chewing a picture of the famous YouTuber. She appears to spit most of it back out and it is unclear if she actually eats any of the photo.
Another video called “BELLE DELPHINE GETS SCISSORED” shows the Instagrammer cutting a piece of paper while making sexually suggestive noises.
Internet Users React
Many users were upset with the content Delphine uploaded. Each of the twelve videos is disliked somewhere between 66 to 77 percent.
“I’m disappointed, blue balled and deceived,” one user commented on her Instagram.
“Can we get massive unfollow boys,” another said. “She doesn’t deserve it plus you can just view her content without following.”
On the other hand, others found humor in her prank.
“Seeing people beeing [sic] mad because a girl decides to not doing porn is hilarious,” one user wrote. “Good joke, Delphine. I had a good laugh.”
Another compared her to the seminal modern American artist Andy Warhol.
Both Delphine and Pornhub seemed to find the fun in her prank. The two tweeted at each other in reference to the video where she “eats” PewDiePie.