YouTube is taking away more than a checkmark
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Editor’s note: Less than two hours after this story was published, YouTube almost entirely backtracked on its planned changes to verification in response to criticisms from creators. This story details those criticisms and speaks to why YouTube reversed course. The original story continues below.
Verification badges on YouTube are more than just a checkmark to creators. Those tiny marks are a sign that after years of building a channel, they’re seen as a valuable member of the community.
That’s why when YouTube suddenly sent out a flood of emails to creators who have picked up verification badges over the years, alerting them that they were due to have their badge revoked as part of an overhaul to the verification system next month, it…