YouTube is all set to flush out spammers, impersonators, and other bad creators/channels with its new set of rules for video monetization eligibility.
Now onwards channels with 4,000 hours of watch time within the past 12 months and 1,000 subscribers will be eligible to earn revenue from their YouTube videos. So with these new rules, the old YouTube Partner Program (YPP) eligibility requirement of 10,000 lifetime views, that they implemented back in 2017 became absolute.
The new video monetization policy is not only going to affect the new users but also existing creators too. Many of the existing channels already received the mail from YouTube regarding this subject. As per the mail, the existing channels/creators who don’t meet the new 4,000 hour/1,000 subscriber threshold before February 20, 2018, are no longer eligible for monetization.
With these major video monetization policy change, YouTube is going to decrease the number of low-quality channels and spammers. According to YouTube, “These higher standards will also help us prevent potentially inappropriate videos from monetizing which can hurt revenue for everyone.”