O YouTube will have new terms of service as of December 10, and ended up scaring several users because of a poorly written clause: it implies that a channel can be removed if it is no longer “Commercially viable”. The company explains that, in fact, this means that it may remove old or underused resources from the platform.
The new terms of service say the following: “YouTube may terminate your access or access to your Google Account to all or part of the Service if we believe, in our sole discretion, that the provision of the Service to you is no longer commercially viable”.
Some understood that YouTube will remove channels that yield few views, and that they would be “commercially unviable” because they bring in little ad revenue. It would not be something totally unexpected: since 2017, the platform has only paid channels that have at least 10,000 views.
Others thought YouTube would kick out anyone who uses ad blockers to watch videos. As this is the main source of revenue for the site, the adblocker would make the provision of the service “commercially unviable” for you.
He found that it is neither. The official YouTube account on twitter explains: “the section of our terms you are referring to * no * is about closing an account if it’s not making enough money – it’s about disruption of certain features or parts of the YouTube service, for example removal of old or underused features“.
In a statement to the Mashable, YouTube reinforces: “We are not changing the way our products work, nor how we collect or process data, nor any of its settings”.
YouTube “has no obligation” to host videos
The new terms try to be clearer, but end up being a little … rude? “YouTube has no obligation regarding hosting or serving Content,” says the company. “The Content is the responsibility of the person or entity that submits the material to the Service.”
This is not necessarily a novelty: the current rules, valid since 2018, stipulate that “YouTube may at any time, without notice and at its sole discretion, remove Content and / or cancel a User account for submitting materials that violate the Terms of Service”.
Some of the new terms seem to be too straightforward. Meanwhile, other clauses are confused, giving rise to several interpretations. Did it cost you to write this more clearly, Google?