YouTube recently did some changes in its terms and conditions. Most of the users are unhappy with this updated version. The bad news for many YouTube users across the globe is that their accounts are at a higher risk of getting terminated and that too without a warning. Updated terms came into place on December 10. In short, YouTube has given itself the authority to delete channels that are no more making money for the platform.
However, YouTube’s recent tweet on November 12 tells a different story altogether:
“To clarify, there are no new rights in our ToS to terminate an account bc it’s not making money. As before, we may discontinue certain YouTube features or parts of the service, for ex., if they're outdated or have low usage. This does not impact creators or viewers in any new ways.”
When approached, another spokesperson said “YouTube has made some changes to our Terms of Service in order to make them easier to read and to ensure they’re up to date. We’re not changing the way our products work, how we collect or process data, or any of your settings.” The spokesperson further made it clear that no new clause was added but certain changes were made to the already existing terms and conditions to convey more clarity to the users.
One of the possible conclusions is that the platform is aiming to protect its viewers and advertisers from the harmful content. However, nobody is aware of how and what all channels are going to meet the set “criteria”.
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