YouTube CEO Apologized after Verification Changes

September 23, 2019 | Monday

Technology

   

Susan Wojcicki, the YouTube CEO, ask for an apology on Friday for changes the firm announced on Thursday. And this the company's way in verifying YouTubers starting October. She tweeted, "To our creators & users - I'm sorry for the frustration & hurt that we caused with our new approach to verification." Wojcicki explained that they missed the mark while making improvements. Currently, they are trying to address the concerns and will probably give updates soon.

On Tuesday, YouTube creators showed outrage and confusion. And this was because Google-owned firm notified a few of them that their channels were going to lose verification status. Instead, YouTube will only verify channels where there was a risk of confusion. For example, musicians or media brands. And it won't base the verification only on popularity.

As of now, no channels have been unverified yet. And owners receiving a warning email can appeal the decision. However, the rage reflected a developing mistrust of YouTube among content creators on the platform who have felt the firm doesn't hear them at all. Moreover, some YouTubers claimed that the verification helps the videos appear more prominently when people search for content. And without the verification, creators feel like the videos they create can't be easily found as those from creators who are verified.

Former Facebook Software Engineer posts on YouTube

Elsewhere, ex-Facebook software engineer Patrick Shyu posted a video titled "Day in the Life of a Facebook Software Engineer." And the video is not just about his ordinary day but about the day Facebook fired him more than a month ago.

In the video, he looks like walking into a meeting with a human source representative. And he was fired because she didn't like his YouTube channel. After that, Shyu made fun of Facebook and criticized its culture. He called it a "popularity contest," where ideas and projects are fueled by likes and comments instead of logic.

   

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