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YouTube is reassessing its policies in an effort to let some creators monetize videos they make about the novel coronavirus outbreak.
A few weeks ago, YouTube notified creators in one of its Creator Insider episodes that any video talking about the novel coronavirus or COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, would face automatic demonetization. The novel coronavirus was declared a sensitive topic, defined as a recent event with a “loss of life, typically as a result of a pre-planned malicious attack.” These videos are not suitable for advertising. While they are allowed to stay on YouTube because they don’t violate the content guidelines, creators can’t make money from the platform’s built-in ad service. That’s changing.
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