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YouTubers fear channel terminations after harsh terms of service update

Published: 11/Nov/2019 0:53 Updated: 11/Nov/2019 1:53

by Brent Koepp

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Outrage exploded on social media after users discovered an update to YouTube‘s terms of service taking effect in December that could affect channels. But is it all that it’s cracked up to be?

News of the policy update gained steam on social media when popular YouTuber Jon ‘MrDalekJD’ posted a screenshot of the new terms of service update. Thousands of people liked and retweeted the now-deleted thread, but outrage had began to spread.

Several users reposted the policy update, with claims that YouTube are going to start terminating channels if they don’t make enough money, which has caused anger among the community. 

Unsplash / YouTubeThe popular platform is the largest video hosting site on the internet.

Twitter user ‘Kizzume’ posted a screenshot of the policy update that read, “YouTube may terminate your access, or your Google accounts 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.”

The tweet got over 6.7k likes as of the time of this article, and also added “YouTube is updating their Terms of Service on 10 December, 2019. It seems they will be able to terminate your channel if it’s “no longer commercially viable”.”

While the wording of the policy is admittedly vague, the anger was swift across the board for most users. 

YouTuber ‘Christian Maracle’ published a worried tweet that said, “Looks like I fought to the very end but now I may be close to losing my livelihood, losing my passion, my audience!”

Another Twitter user exclaimed, “We’re officially at the point where if you don’t make YouTube enough money, they might restrict or outright terminate your channel.” 

This seemed to echo many of the criticisms coming from the community who took issue with the policy’s wording.

YouTube has yet to respond

While the video hosting platform has yet to release a direct statement on the situation, the official YouTube support Twitter account sent an automated response to MrDalekJD’s original thread, which only further angered people.

“There are several reasons for channel termination like repeatedly violating YouTube’s Community Guidelines or Terms of Service, sever abuse cases, or channels dedicated to a policy violation” the account tweeted, which failed to address the issue of channels not making “enough” money. 

Popular YouTube Trevor ‘TmarTn’ Martin didn’t think it was a big deal, and responded to all the outrage stating it was just “legal jargon” and meant to be vague. 

“They have the right to terminate any channel on the site for any reason. They have always had that power. Just because they can doesn’t mean they will.”

It remains to be seen how YouTube will implement their Terms of Service update, but the vague wording certainly leaves it up to interpretation that they can delete an account if it fails to meet the criteria to make money.

This would be a huge issue as there are some prominent YouTubers who choose to not monetize their videos, and use third-party sites like Patreon to fund their work.

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TheGrefg breaks Ninja’s world record for most-viewed Twitch stream

Published: 2/Dec/2020 1:27

by Bill Cooney

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Spanish streamer ‘TheGrefg’ has broken Ninja’s world record for most people watching a Twitch stream during the Galactus Fortnite event.

David ‘TheGrefg’ Cánovas made Twitch history while streaming the Galactus event, which marked the end of Fortnite season 4, when he had more people watching him at once than any other individual Twitch streamer ever has in history.

The Spaniard was watching and reacting to the event, and captures appear to confirm that he reached a total of 660,000 people watching his stream at the same time before Twitch unfortunately crashed.

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A screenshot showing Grefg surpassing 660K viewers.

The previous record you might remember was held by Ninja from when he teamed up with rapper Drake, where the duo peaked at 635k viewers at once while playing Fortnite back in 2018.

This insane amount of simultaneous viewers in a broadcast was almost double the figures of the previous record, held by  DrDisrespect — now streaming on YouTube — when he had 338,000 during his return stream in February 2018.

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Grefg looking over his Twitch stats from Dec. 1

Now, the title for most-watched stream on Twitch now belongs to TheGrefg, and while there are no official figures yet, screenshots and clips definitely seem to indicate the streamer managed to bring in than 660,000 people simultaneously.

Grefg was far from the only streamer posting impressive viewer counts during the Galactus event, which actually “broke” Twitch and caused the site to temporarily crash following the big reveal. This is the big reason why the official viewer count, while definitely impressive, isn’t exactly known just yet.

The event itself officially closed out Fortnite Season 4, with the Season 5 update arriving at 9 PM PT / 12 AM ET / 5 AM GMT on Wednesday, December 2, according to Epic Games, with downtime expected to last all the way up to 1 AM PT / 4 AM ET / 9 AM GMT.

After that, the brand new season will kick off, and Fortnite fans — including Grefg — will get to check out all of the new content. Whether the streamer will be able to repeat his impressive record-breaking feat remains to be seen, but we certainly wish him the best of luck.