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News hardware & software 12 November 2019, 20:22

author: Laty

YouTube Will be Able to Close Accounts That Bring no Profits

The new terms of use of YouTube raise concerns of a large group of creators, as channels that are not „commercially viable” for advertisers may be closed.

If you are a regular user of the video platform, you can rest easy.

On December 10, this year, new terms of use for YouTube will be introduced. This is worrying news for content creators, because the future of some of them is at stake. The section entitled "Suspension and closure of the account" explains how YouTube can close the account on its own volition:

"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."

The change in the website's policy may be problematic in particular for developers, whose number of subscribers is currently not too large. If their channels don't earn enough money, they can simply be removed. As TechSpot points out, YouTube could have created a gate to removing channels that promote hate speech, conspiracy theories or faux news whose content is not extreme enough to justify closing the channel in any other way.

Although the ghost of closing unprofitable channels sounds scary, we probably have nothing to worry about.

"We're not changing the way our products work, how we collect or process data, or any of your settings. We're also not changing how we work with creators, nor their rights over their works, or their right to monetize," said YouTube spokeswoman Ivy Choi in an e-mail to PCMag.

If you are banned or your videos are deleted, YouTube will send a notification to the email adress that has been assigned to your account. You will still be able to view YouTube content, but you will not be able to comment or upload videos. Users may of course appeal against any judgment if they consider that they have been unfairly treated.

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