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New YouTube policy mass strips channels of verification

Published: 19/Sep/2019 17:48 Updated: 19/Sep/2019 18:30

by Scott Robertson


Following new policy on the criteria for channel verification, YouTube has informed several creators that their channels will no longer be verified.

YouTube has announced a massive change to how channels get verified on September 19th. YouTube sent an email to numerous creators, outlining the new criteria and informing the creator that they will no longer be considered a verified YouTube channel.


Here is the email sent to numerous YouTube creators:

Hi there,

We’re writing to let you know that we’re updating the eligibility criteria for channel verification on YouTube. 

Unfortunately, with these changes, your channel no longer meets the criteria to be verified. We realize this might be disappointing, but we believe these updates will make channel verification more consistent for users and creators across YouTube. Please keep reading to learn more about the changes and what you can do.

What’s changing:

YouTube will now proactively verify channels instead of accepting requests for verification badges. We aim to verify channels that represent a well-known or highly searched creator, artist, public figure, or company with a clear need to differentiate themselves from other channels with a similar name.

Channels are typically verified if they:

•   Have built a large audience and community on YouTube.

•   Are widely recognized outside of YouTube and have a strong presence online.

•   Or, have a channel name that could be confused with other channels on YouTube.

The goal is to help channels avoid impersonation, and help viewers understand if a channel is the official presence of the creator, celebrity, or brand it represents. The verification badge does not represent endorsements or awards from YouTube.

What this means for you:

Starting in early October 2019, your channel will no longer be verified, but you have the option to appeal the decision here. This will not impact monetization of your channel.

For more information on these changes, please refer to the YouTube Help Center.

The YouTube Team

Google / YoutubeVerified channels will be marked with a gray background instead of a checkmark

Previously, channels with 100k subscribers get verified with no additional criteria. Now, channels and creators will have to prove their “authenticity and prominence.”


According to their official announcement, there is no process to request channel verification. There is only an appeal process for now unverified channels.

Ryan “Fwiz” Wyatt, YouTube’s Global Head of Gaming & Virtual Reality, responded to the changes in a tweet:

Top YouTube Creators respond 

Ethan Nestor of CrankGameplays got unverified, and described the move as a “slap in the damn face.”


YouTuber Nudah revealed his loss of verification, and asked YouTube why they “hate [their] creators”

YouTube creator, game show host, and Use Your Words co-creator Brent Black has also been unverified.

NBA 2KTV host and producer Chris ‘LD2K’ Manning described the decision by YouTube as “baffling.”



Hashinshin claims FBI cleared him of sexual harassment allegations

Published: 8/Oct/2020 4:00

by Andrew Amos


Popular League of Legends streamer Robert ‘Hashinshin’ Brotz has claimed the FBI investigated him over allegations he was sexually harassing minors, and cleared him of any wrongdoing. He was permanently banned on Twitch over the claims.

Hashinshin was ostracized from the League of Legends community back in July, after claims the 30-year-old Twitch streamer sexually harassed underage girls by abusing his platform of power.


Other popular content creators, like Joedat ‘Voyboy’ Esfahani, stated that “Hashinshin is a manipular, predator, and worst of all [a] pedophile who used his platform to abuse so many underage girls over the years.”

However, the disgraced streamer has claimed he was investigated by the FBI and cleared of all wrongdoing.


“There has been an FBI investigation into me, and I have neither been jailed or charged with a crime. Some of you might not believe that. I have a freedom of information request [to prove my innocence publicly], but that can take up to a year,” Brotz said in a October 7 statement.

Numerous women came forward stories in July of Hashinshin grooming them while they were underage. However, Hashinshin has always maintained his innocence, claiming these stories were false, and that many of those who came forward have since deleted their statements.

He also stated that he was potentially looking into suing some of the alleged victims for defamation, stating they did a “public assessment of [his] character” that distorted what people thought of him.


“I was going to sue Alli for defamation ⁠— and I probably should have ⁠— but Alli is not a victim, and people started getting these really distorted views on what was happening,” he said, referring to one of the victims.

“Things aren’t as they seem, regardless of what they seem. I’m not a rich and powerful figure. They didn’t find that I did anything. I think a lot of this was a public assessment of my character, and a lot of people did this because they didn’t like me.

“I’ve been working on bettering myself over the last two years, and I think I’ve become a better person overall. It hurts a lot…to see all these people denying that.”


Brotz claimed that while he believed his accusers weren’t “all terrible people,” they betrayed his trust. He also said that while he believes they should apologize, he hopes no one in the community attacks them. He just wants to “go back to living a normal life.”

“I thought these were nice people, I thought I could trust them and work with them. That’s why my response to this was all sh*tty because I shouldn’t really have trusted anyone. I don’t think they’re all terrible people, but things really escalated,” he said.


“I don’t want anyone to attack them. I just want to go back to living a normal life. I just want to exist peacefully, and I hope people can start letting me do that. I hope this can change their minds in some way.”

Hashinshin remains permanently banned on Twitch despite his attempts to clear this name. He has also lost his Twitch partnership, and has instead moved to streaming on YouTube.