Update 04:03 ET: It appears YouTube has finally fixed the bug. The subscriber counters seem to be back to normal and functioning properly. Some users have also confirmed their subscribers have been restored.
YouTube has been affected by a massive glitch which is causing channels to lose huge chunks of subscribers in a matter of minutes.
Anytime someone unsubscribes from a channel, YouTube falsely detracts two subscribers from the account. This essentially allows trolls to repeatedly subscribe and unsubscribe from channels, causing massive drops in the total subscription count.
The bug was first spotted by YouTuber BlackScreenTV who is currently livestreaming the diminishing counters of a number of popular channels, including star YouTuber PewDiePie.
Watch the livestream in the video section below. Be warned the video contains offensive language at the bottom.
BlackScreenTV has called the glitch the biggest in the website’s history. In fact, trolls are abusing the bug to the extent where some channels’ subscription counters have gone in the negatives.
The Alphabet subsidiary has confirmed the malfunction on its official Twitter account.
The glitch first started attracting attention when PewDiePie, who is the most subscribed user on the website, broadcast a livestream of the bug. He also tweeted that every “unsub counts as -100.”
Since the news about the malfunction blew up, YouTube has assured concerned users the glitch only affects the number displayed on the subscription counter, which means no subscribers will be actually lost. The company is currently working towards a solution.
Update 19:42 ET: As of now the bug still hasn’t been removed.
You can follow the subscription counters of channels in realtime on this website.
Update 20:22 ET: YouTube is yet to fix the error, but its tech support team assures the correct subscription counts will be restored.