Saturday April 08, 2017

YouTube Will No Longer Allow Creators to Make Money until They Reach 10,000 Views

In an effort to curb content stealing, YouTube is stripping ads from channels that have less than 10,000 views. The company tried to combat this initially with user reporting but is now going one step further by establishing a threshold for revenue. Since 10,000 views equates to a payout of around $10, there probably isn’t much to complain about here.

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People were creating accounts that uploaded content owned by other people, sometimes big record labels or movie studios, sometimes other popular YouTube creators. In an effort to combat these bad actors, YouTube has announced a change to its partner program today. From now on, creators won’t be able to turn on monetization until they hit 10,000 lifetime views on their channel. YouTube believes that this threshold will give them a chance to gather enough information on a channel to know if it’s legit. And it won’t be so high as to discourage new independent creators from signing up for the service.