YouTube could soon start deleting accounts that it thinks are not 'commercially viable'

Furthermore, YouTube may or may not alert the user as to the reason for the termination.


YouTube’s terms and conditions have been updated to now include a statement that it can delete, at its “sole discretion”, any Google account that it thinks is not “commercially viable”. Creators are understandably worried as the wording is vague a heavy-handed interpretation of the terms could directly impact their livelihood.

Specifically, 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.

YouTube could soon start deleting accounts that it thinks are not commercially viable

YouTube now reserves the right to ban accounts willy-nilly. Image: Getty

Furthermore, YouTube may or may not alert the user as to the reason for the termination.

 

Now while this could be interpreted as Google giving itself a legal backdoor in case something untoward 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.’

 

Some are also using the opportunity to accuse 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 come into effect on 10 December.