YouTube has authoritatively backtracked on controversial plans to remove ‘verified badges from certain makers. YouTube experienced harsh criticism on Thursday after changes to its verification program. Chief Executive Susan and Jake have since apologized for the “frustration and harm we have caused in our new approach to verification.”
The original plan was to introduce new criteria to gain verification status, and remove existing badges from channels that no longer meet the new standards. YouTube announced these plans on Thursday and reversed its decision about 24 hours later. This means that all currently verified YouTube channels will retain their badges. All unverified channels will be eligible to apply for verification when you reach 100,000 subscribers.
YouTube does not undo every advertised change to its verification system. Some changes will remain in effect when you reopen the submission process in October. New standards include:
Authenticity: The channel must represent the true originator, brand or entity it claims to represent.
Complete: The channel must be public, have a channel description and icon and content, and be active on YouTube.