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YouTube changes to Partner Program

YouTube recently introduced new rules to their Partner Program. From now on creators will need to accrue 4,000 hours of watching time over 12 months, and will need to reach 1,000 subscribers in order to join YouTube's Partner Program and qualify for monetization.

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I agree that this is overall unfair to small and new content creators. These changes were brought on by vlogger Logan Paul who uploaded a video of a suicide victim in Japan. It's in Youtube's best interest to protect younger viewers from such horrific content, having a stronger moderation presence in wake of this, in my opinion, outweighs the consequences of alienating smaller communities and channels.
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Jordan Supeene1 years ago
That seems like a significant amount of hours in order to potentially earn income. My question is if YouTube will place ads on any of this content prior to them becoming a "Partner". If YouTube benefits financially off of anyone that uploads content to their site in which ads are placed prior to viewing the content then I think it's wrong. If YouTube doesn't monetize the content then the user is simply sharing something on the platform knowing it's without financial gain unless it gets a significant amount of attention and they become a partner. Knowing YouTube I'll say I'm against this until I learn more...