Google’s YouTube said it has revised the YouTube Terms of Service to clarify terms and provide more transparency to users. These changes shouldn’t significantly alter your access or use of the YouTube service.
Google Help Center has more details.
Facial recognition restrictions: The Terms of Service already state that you cannot collect any information that might identify a person without their permission. While this has always included facial recognition information, the new Terms make that explicitly clear.
YouTube’s right to monetize: YouTube has the right to monetize all content on the platform and ads may appear on videos from channels not in the YouTube Partner Program.
Royalty payments and tax withholding: For creators entitled to revenue payments, such payments will be treated as royalties from a U.S. tax perspective and Google will withhold taxes where required by law.
YouTube said the new Terms will take effect on 18 November, 2020 for users in the U.S., and similar changes to Terms of Service will be made outside the U.S. in 2021.