In May of 2019, YouTube announced it would stop showing the exact number of subscribers (Subscriber Count) for a channel. YouTube will implement these changes on the website, mobile apps and public API.
Just like many other platforms that use the public API of YouTube, we are also affected by these changes. In order to collect the number of subscribers, views and videos from channels, we are forced to connect to the YouTube public API.
YouTube will stop showing the exact number of subscribers to a channel. Because YouTube is going to apply this to all platforms, including the API, we are also affected by these changes.
From September 2019, YouTube will curt the number of subscribers (abbreviated). This is done for channels with more than 1,000 subscribers.
The number of subscribers is only abbreviated at 1,000 or more. If you have a channel with fewer subscribers, you can keep track of the exact number of subscribers up to 1,000 subscribers!
If you have more than 1,000 subscribers, YouTube will curt the number of subscribers. We will show you exactly how this works in the table below.
As you can see, YouTube only shows the first 3 numbers. To make it visually clearer we have made two examples:
To download data from YouTube it is mandatory to use the public API. This means that all websites related to YouTube statistics are affected. This includes Social Blade, Livecounts, YTSC.