Published: Mon, November 11, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

YouTube's updated terms of service states 'no obligation' to host anyone's video

YouTube's updated terms of service states 'no obligation' to host anyone's video

According to YouTube's new terms of service, your YouTube account can be terminated if it isn't commercially viable enough. As written, a YouTuber can lose their Gmail, Google Photos, Documents, and more just for "no longer being commercially viable" on the video platform.

December 10 is the date that these terms of service go into effect, and already people are anxious about what this bit in particular will mean for YouTubers, especially those who are demonetised. It now says that YouTube has the "sole discretion" to terminate an account, whereas before it said that YouTube must "reasonably believe" it should do so.

For content creators who make a profitable and successful living on and through their YouTube channels, the platform's new Terms of Service (TOS) has some users and creators anxious that their channel could be at risk for deletion.

What could this mean moving forward? These latest updates seemingly coincide with upcoming changes YouTube will make in accordance with new Federal Trade Commission guidelines for YouTube, although a YouTube rep denies these changes were made because of the FTC ruling. It presents an terrible possibility for the future of creators on the platform. This updated set of terms of service will go into full effect legally on December 10, 2019.

As written, these broad terms essentially allow YouTube to "cherry-pick" what accounts aren't pulling in enough advertising dollars and revenue.

The platform began reaching out to its users via email last week, notifying them about the site's new terms of service. Owing to the possible subjective interpretations of the broad "commercially viable" wording, YouTube creators are anxious that the company will make use of the new policy to terminate accounts it doesn't "like for any reason".

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One of the most controversial changes added is that YouTube could ban users' accounts that use some type of ads blocker.

Many believe this move by YouTube is another play in its favor towards content creators, making it hard for the average user to be "seen" across the platform.

YouTube claims that it's "not changing".

The video-sharing platform also says that we might need to terminate our Agreement with bad actors, which affects nascent content creators, especially the ones who are learning new ways to make videos for their channel.

As for 2020, we could start to see a change in how YouTube operates with respect to content curation and content visibility. This is one of the updates that are not in YouTube's current policy.

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