So everyone has heard the news that Youtube will be changing their terms of service. Recently released a statement to all content creators that has us all just a little worried.
“YouTube is under no obligation to host or serve content,” the company said in its new terms of service. The new terms also state that the company can “terminate” users’ “access” to their accounts if YouTube determines at “its sole discretion” that an account “is no longer commercially viable.”
The changes to Youtube’s terms of service indicate they can delete your account at any moment if they feel your account is not commercially viable. This notification has Youtubers nervous. No one knows what “Commercially viable” means as far as Youtube is concerned. Most people fee this is a way to censor Youtubers and keep the mainstream media at the top of its pages as Youtube has become a way to earn money over the past few years. If I were a person that depended on Youtube for income I would be nervous too.
One of the main reasons I have never bothered to monetize my Youtube channel is because Youtube is so sensitive about what is considered violence, or hate speech. A long time ago, I saw the writings on the wall as Youtubers started complaining about being demonitized without justification.
Youtube has pretty much-replaced television in the 21st Century. It is has become a necessary tool for independent media, podcasters, vloggers, etc.
Youtube has the power and with that power comes greed and influence.
Mainstream media has seen a drop in interest due to Youtube being a hub for independent media networks.
People are simply tired of fake news and political bias.
In response, Youtube has critiqued the algorithms, making mainstream media heavily recommended and independent media networks are buried resulting in a decrease of unsubscribed viewership.
This has drastically affected radio shows on Youtube such as the David Pakman Show. David Pakman has made a few videos recently explaining how this has hurt his show financially.
Victor Jarome Morrow