In the past years on YouTube, you could hide your subscriber count when you wished to. For many reasons some creators have always not wanted to show the number of subscribers they have especially when you are new to YouTube and your channel has only a handful of subscribers, you could decide to hide your subscriber count.
And once you pass a certain number of subscribers, normally around 1000 subscribers, you stop hiding the subscriber count.
The unfortunate news coming in from YouTube indicates that this feature will no longer exist. All YouTube channels will no longer hide their subscriber count Starting on 29 July 2022 according to YouTube.
Thoughts on removing this hiding subscriber feature on YouTube
Even though it’s not something desirable especially when you have a small channel because sometimes it can be an advantage and you shouldn’t throw that away just because you’re worried about people you know finding your channel and you being embarrassed.
Another important message is that you have started something they haven’t, you’re putting yourself out there, and that’s much more of a reason for them to be embarrassed rather than yourself.