YouTube has announced that it will no longer present users with their exact follower counts beginning in September. Now, follower counts will be presented in abbreviated numbers, where an approximate follower count will be presented, but not the exact figure. YouTube initially announced this in May but has since released more information on the changes.
The updates to the platform were intended to relive creators of the pressures associated with constantly monitoring followers. The changes will also standardize subscriber counts across desktop and mobile versions of YouTube. YouTube has officially spoken on the matter by stating, "We hope this helps all creators focus on telling their story, and experience less pressure about the numbers."
The new number tracking feature will only be active on accounts with over 1,000 subscribers.