The world’s biggest video platform YouTube has just issued a new terms of services, and a particular clause has already led to various content creators worrying about the livelihood of their channels.
According to the new terms, under the section “Account Suspension & Termination,” a clause states:
“YouTube may terminate your access, or your Google account’s access to all or part of the Service if YouTube believes, in its sole discretion, that provision of the Service to you is no longer commercially viable.”
This new inclusion to YouTube’s terms of services essentially allows the platform to delete your account or channel if it thinks you’re not making enough money for them — and it doesn’t only affect content creators but also viewers, as all it states is “Google account.” Some have claimed that this is YouTube’s gateway to censorship, whilst other more optimistic users think the company is merely using this to curb hate speech and other forms of offensive discrimination. So far, YouTube has not officially addressed when and how this clause will be used.
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YouTube is updating their Terms of Service on 10 December, 2019. It presents an awful possibility for the future of creators on the platform. It seems they will be able to terminate your channel if it’s “no longer commercially viable.”https://t.co/UrVpXmq4k5 pic.twitter.com/aHIV3XbsRN
— Kizzume (@Kizzume) November 8, 2019
YouTube has new Terms Of Service on December 10th. This basically says that if channels don’t make enough money, THEY WILL POSSIBLY TERMINATE THEM!!!
Looks like I fought to the very end but now I may be close to losing my livelihood, losing my passion, my audience and my… pic.twitter.com/P74uQe8jpW
— Christian Maracle (@MaracleMan) November 9, 2019
Youtube Pre-2020: Oh wow I made 10 bucks off ads. Neat
Youtube Post-2020: “Your account has been suspended and your gmail deleted for not being commercially viable. You are also being fined 42,000 dollars for uploading “Let’s Play Resident Evil Part 8” under COPPA”
— Mister AntiBully (@MisterAntiBully) November 8, 2019
note that if you have 100,000 subscribers, youtube will let you use their studios in LA. it’s a completely different lane for people who are successful on these platforms. and a lot of the people who have been successful on youtube have got it from doing reactionary garbage.
— Liz Ryerson (@ellaguro) November 10, 2019