YouTube to terminate ‘no longer commercially viable’ accounts

YouTube to terminate ‘no longer commercially viable’ accounts

15th November 2019 0 By Jordan Heal

YouTube will soon change its terms of service (TOS) allowing it to terminate any accounts it deems to be “no longer commercially viable”.

The website – facing stiff competition from live streaming platforms such as Twitch – has recently come under fire for its shameless approach to generating more revenue by ramping up the ratio of advertisements to videos.

Following the news that it would changing its terms, some users took to social media to vent their annoyance, with one user sarcastically applauding YouTube for being more transparent about why it terminates accounts.

Raging Golden Eagle wrote: “THANK YOU YouTube for finally being honest and admitting you’ll kick off anyone you don’t like for any reason! This is preferable to just making up bogus TOS violations for sure.”

After tweeting out the change, the user quickly clarified it was the UK terms which had been altered but they would also be coming into effect on December 10 for people in the US.

The newly updated terms read: “YouTube may terminate your access, or your Google account’s access to all or part of the Service if YouTube reasonably believes that its provision of the Service to you is no longer commercially viable.”

The platform has been notorious for terminating accounts that violate its TOS.

However, in January 2018 one of the site’s sensations – Logan Paul – uploaded a highly controversial video of himself filming a dead body in Japan.

While he took a hit on social media, the star was never permanently banned from YouTube. Yet, people whose accounts are no longer “commercially viable” will be removed.

It will be interesting to see how the new changes impact video gamer’s accounts, particularly when they are many good content creators who have yet to develop a strong following and, therefore, a commercially viable account.

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