YouTube to Delete Accounts that are not 'Commercially Viable'
YouTube’s terms and conditions state that it can delete, at its “sole discretion”, any Google account that it thinks is not “commercially viable”.
YouTube has updated its terms and conditions to include a statement that it reserves the right to delete, at its "sole discretion", any Google account that it considers is not "commercially viable". Creators are reasonably worried as the phrasing is vague a heavy-handed explanation of the terms could directly impact their source of revenue.
Notably, under the 'Account Suspension and Termination' section, Google states:
YouTube may terminate your use of the Services, 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.
Moreover, YouTube may or may not alert the user as to the reason for the termination.
YouTube has new Terms Of Service on December 10th. This basically says that if channels don't make enough money, THEY WILL POSSIBLY TERMINATE THEM!!!— Christian Maracle (@MaracleMan) November 9, 2019
Looks like I fought to the very end but now I may be close to losing my livelihood, losing my passion, my audience and my... pic.twitter.com/P74uQe8jpW
Now while this could be understood as Google giving itself a legal backdoor in case something unpleasant happens on the platform, Google's past actions, particularly with regards to demonetisation on the platform, have left creators with little to no faith that YouTube will 'do the right thing.'
Youtube Pre-2020: Oh wow I made 10 bucks off ads. Neat— Mister AntiBully (@MisterAntiBully) November 8, 2019
Youtube Post-2020: "Your account has been suspended and your gmail deleted for not being commercially viable. You are also being fined 42,000 dollars for uploading "Let's Play Resident Evil Part 8" under COPPA"
Some are also using the opportunity to blame YouTube of playing favourites with creators with a lot of followers. Such creators do get special privileges from YouTube, and the company has, historically, been lenient with the more popular YouTubers.
The new terms will be applicable from 10 December onwards.