Effective June 1, the video platform will have the right to monetize most content on its site, per its updated global terms of service.

  1. Facial recognition restrictions: YouTube states that users cannot collect any information that “might identify a person without their permission”.
  2. Right to monetise: YouTube states that the platform has the right to monetise all content on the platform and this means that ads from channels that are not a part of the YouTube Partner Program may appear on videos.
  3. Royalty payments and tax withholding: For creators entitled to revenue payments, such payments will be treated as royalties from a US tax perspective and Google will withhold taxes where required by law.

Change in Google’s policy

  1. Google offers 15GB of free storage per Google Account. This storage is allotted across Gmail, Google Photos, Google Drive, Google Sheets, Google Docs, etc.
  2. Google also offers paid options for extra storage under the Google One program. It starts at 200GB for Rs 210 per month, 2TB for Rs 650 per month or Rs 6500 per year, 10TB at Rs 3,250 per month and 20TB at Rs 6,500 per month.
  3. After June 1, 2021, all high quality and express quality photos and videos backed up to Google Photos will count against storage.
  4. Further files created or edited in collaborative content creation apps such as Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Drawings, Forms and Jamboard will also count against the storage allotted to a user.
  5. Google also notes that only files created or edited after 1 June 2021 will count towards the 15GB or higher quota.
  6. Google says if that your account has been inactive for more than two years or 24 months, then it may delete contents in the product in which you’re inactive. This includes products like Gmail, Drive or Photos. So if you have not used Google Photos for your account for two years, then the company will delete content from that particular product.
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