With new terms of service, YouTube has users and content creators sweating due to a new bit of language within the terms. It seems, if a channel is no longer "commercially viable", YouTube will have the right to delete the account. In other words, YouTubers will have to make money to survive – especially content creators.
Account Suspension & Termination
That is the name of the section which carries a subheading, "Terminations by YouTube for Service Changes". Taking effect on 10 December 2019, YouTube's new terms go a little something like this: “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.” Basically, the company can delete your account if they aren't seeing any profits from your end. The current terms of service don't include this language.
Starting last week, YouTube has been sending an e-mail notification to its users telling them about the site's new terms of service. In said e-mail, YouTube offers up a summary of the update as a way to make its terms clearer and easier to understand, according to mashable.com. The problem is, this new addition seen above wasn't even mentioned, with the wording of the newsletter vague as can be.
The way the wording is, YouTube has very broad powers to delete a creators' account if they upload or livestream video that, for example, doesn't pull in enough advertising revenue.
Viewers To A Kill
Viewers aren't safe from the terminology of the terms either. The wording is such that the terms cover anyone who has an account, not just creators of content. The language states that a user who looks at lots of content but doesn't necessarily make any profits through YouTube can also have their accounts removed.
Hate & Violence
Broadly, these terms also give YouTube the ability to remove users and channels that disseminate violent rhetoric and hate speech. For example, accounts that create white supremacist content can certainly be removed for being "no longer commercially viable". The terms regarding violence & hate could be a bit more clear.
Also of note is the fact that a user's Google account can also be taken away simply because the user or creator isn't commercially viable anymore on YouTube. That means no more Gmail, Google Photos, Documents or any other services offered by Google.
Users and content creators are, of course, losing their heads over the new terms. On Reddit, one discussion has more than 32,000 upvotes and 2,300 comments. Twitter is also abuzz with this news. One person tweeted that YouTube is catering more and more to its users with the biggest, most profitable YouTube channels. For example, YouTubers with channels that have more than 10,000 subscribers are able to use YouTube studio space for free.