The latest news is that revised terms and conditions give the company the right to terminate channels without prior warning.
Those terms are set to come in from December 10 and potentially jeopardize millions of channels and creators in ways the current terms don’t. Simply put, YouTube has the ability to delete channels that don’t make enough money for the platform.
The new plans include the following new statement in the updated terms section called “Account Suspension & Termination”:
It is worth noting that in the new YouTube Terms of Service, which was last revised in July 2019, nothing remotely close to this exists. YouTube began sending out emails notifying people of the new terms in a much more digestible format, and on Reddit it didn’t go down well.
We don’t know for sure how YouTube, mainly because of how obscure it is, can determine how a channel is’ no longer commercially viable’ before termination. YouTube that terminate channels that consume loads of video content but use software or extensions that block ads.
YouTube could also delete Google accounts related to YouTube accounts and profiles. The new terms state that you can lose access to Gmail, Google Photos, Google Docs, and Drive just because your YouTube account is no longer commercially viable.
We’re not certain how YouTube can determine that channels follow such new criteria or whether it’s just a safety net for repeat offenders trying to circumvent the terms that already exist. 9to5Google has submitted comments and further information to YouTube and will update this post if we receive a reply.