YouTube clarifies that it won’t terminate an account because it’s not making money
YouTube says it can only pull back certain features for outdated accounts but will not terminate them
The platform confirmed this in a tweet saying that the terms of service gives YouTube no new rights to terminate an account only because it does not make money. YouTube also said that it will, though, have the power to discontinue certain features for such accounts.
To clarify, there are no new rights in our ToS to terminate an account bc it’s not making money. As before, we may discontinue certain YouTube features or parts of the service, for ex., if they’re outdated or have low usage. This does not impact creators/viewers in any new ways.
— TeamYouTube (@TeamYouTube) November 11, 2019
This confusion began when YouTube updated its terms and conditions this week. Under the ‘Account Suspension and Termination’ section, Google stated that at its “sole discretion”, any Google account that it thinks is not “commercially viable”. The clause read:
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.