While it's unlikely they'll ever stop people from viewing their content, they've got the right to block you from walking around in their virtual building, speaking with other YouTube viewers, and generally benefitting from their service in any way other than viewing their videos from afar. Yet, this new addition to its terms weren't mentioned in the email, and the wording couldn't be any more vague.
If you recently received a notification in your YouTube account when watching videos, or an email, indicating that the world's most popular online video platform has changed its terms and conditions of service.
The new policy gives YouTube the power to delete a creator's account if they upload or livestream video that doesn't pull in enough advertising revenue.
YouTube viewers aren't in the clear either.
It should be also noted that the terms specifically state the company can terminate a user's Google account as well. The language used can mean that a user who looks at lots of content but doesn't necessarily monetize can also have their account removed. For example, an account that starts creating white supremacist content can certainly be deemed as "no longer commercially viable". A direct outcome of that lawsuit is that creators may now have to go through each one of their videos to declare if there's a chance a minor may view it, with a significant fine if an AI believes you are incorrect.
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This significant change may also be a result of YouTube's recent falling out with the FTC, in which they had to hand over $170 million settlement after the video platform violated the data protection of minors. It seems they will be able to terminate your channel if it's 'no longer commercially viable.
People are, of course, freaking out. You can read YouTube's terms of service here.
Few of the creators feel that, as it's an open-content creation platform, by doing this, the company is taking away the voices and hopes of many content creators who are now present, and who are about to start fresh. Small channels that are eligible for monetization have increasingly to abide by than the bigger channels did when they were starting out.
The terms of service now come with an updated section on parental responsibility when children use the platform, and have more clearly stated the age requirements per country for using YouTube.