YouTube’s New Terms of Service Angers Content Creators


When Did it Start?

On November 18th, 2020, Youtube announced on their Twitter account and on the youtube Help community page that they have updated their Terms of Service, and one of those new changes, was the right for Youtube to monetize videos, from Youtube accounts that are not in their partner program (which is the program that allows content creators on the platform to monetize their videos and obtain profit off of them) although they claim that only a selected amount of videos will be getting this treatment.

What Was The Response From The YouTube Community?

After YouTube made the announcements regarding their new terms of Service, many content creators from the site responded to the news with high amounts of criticism, anger, and confusion. Many of these creators claimed that YouTube was essentially stealing money off of people, and that they could possibly be profiting off of videos that could contain graphic and inappropriate content, which is why back in Januray of 23rd, 2018, YouTube made the requirements for joining their monetization program, a little difficult.

What Could Possibly Happen From These New Policys?

One the reasons as to why many people were critical towards the new terms of service is because (as previously mentioned) back in Januray of 2018, Youtube made the requirements for monetization a bit more difficult so that questionable videos do not get montized, and scare off advortisors from the platform. But with these new terms of service, this event may happen again, as any video that gets popular, may get montized, and if the contents in the video contain anything that is considered too promatic, adverisers may leave the website, as it may damage their public reputation. Which in turn, causes YouTube, and its creators to lose money.

Also, another event that might occur, is an increase in the usage of ad blockers, and purchases of Youtube Premium. The reason for this, is because many people who watch Youtube videos with advertisements in them, typically skip ads, unless subject of the ad is of interest to the viewer in question. So if YouTube plans on placing more adverstiments on the website, then people will be more incline get an adblocker, or purchase Yotube Preimum (which allows users to watch videos ad-free) because many people hate siting through advertisements that they more than likely do not care for, so many will be willing to get a free adblocker, or purchase a premium version of Youtube that allows users to not only watch videos ad-free, but also download videos, watch videos when using other apps or websites, and use YouTube Music without any interruptions.

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