YouTube Stories will cease to exist from June 26. The temporary post medium is being phased out and all YouTube Stories shared on June 26 will expire in seven days’ time. The accompanying community post suggests that YouTube is removing Stories in favor of YouTube Shorts and Community posts.
YouTube believes its Community posts are great for sharing “lightweight updates” and starting discussions among followers while Shorts offer more traffic and subscribers than Stories. YouTube Stories was initially introduced back in 2017 as Reels before its rebrand to Stories a year later.