On December 10, 2019, YouTube’s updated terms of service will come into effect. The company that will now provide its services as Google LLC, has updated various sections of the user agreement related to their use policies, the rules under which the content is governed and various sections on the suspension and elimination of accounts.
The clause that they have added indicating the causes of possible deletion of an account is highly noteworthy, which are not only limited to violations of its terms, legal requirements, or damage to YouTube or third parties, but in a much broader aspect, to whatever reason YouTube has to believe that your account is simply not good for their business.
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About the suspension or deletion of an account
Youtube may remove your access, or your Google account’s access to all or part of YouTube if it believes, in its sole discretion, that providing the service to you is no longer commercially viable.
You will be notified of the reason for the suspension or deletion of your account unless:
- YouTube believes that doing so violates the law, or poses a risk to YouTube and its affiliates
- That YouTube considers that it would compromise an investigation or the integrity or operation of the Service
- That YouTube considers that it would cause harm to any user or third party, YouTube itself or its affiliates.
The clause explains that when your access is removed, as “reasonably possible”, you will be given enough time to export your content. And, if you think your account has been deleted by mistake, your only option is to fill out this appeal form.
What exactly does YouTube consider “commercially viable” or not?, is something that only they know, and cataloging a channel as such is something that is at their sole discretion as stated in their new terms of service. Only time will tell us how this new norm will materialize.