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We never wanted an Adsense account in the first place, since our parish doesn't ever desire to make ads or revenue with our YouTube Channel. 

But in order to try and fulfill the policies of YouTube regarding being able to embed our live streams to our parish website, YouTube said we needed: an Adsense account, 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 watching hours.

We are just trying to fulfill YouTube's policies... we have the Adsense account, that we don't want, nor will we ever use for any purpose except to try and get our live streams to embed onto our parish website. Now YouTube can just cancel or deactivate our Adsense account?

I don't understand this.  How is a small church with under 300 active members ever going to fulfill these minimum requirements, to live stream onto our parish website, if you keep adding roadblocks like this?
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"Now YouTube can just cancel or deactivate our Adsense account?"

No; but AdSense can. What was the reason for deactivation?
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Inactivity I guess... I never log into it, because creating ads for revenue is not what our purpose is as a church.

All we want is to embed our live streams of our worship services to our website, so that people can view the live stream right from our website.  YouTube says we need an AdSense account, 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 viewing hours for this capability.  I don't see what any of this has to do with something as simple as embedding a church service in a website.
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The rules recently changed; and you now need to be a member of the YouTube Partner Program to embed livestreams. Try the link below to reactivate your AdSense account.


Your main issue here is that since your channel content is religious, you're unlikely to be approved to monetize; since religion is a controversial topic, and so isn't advertiser-friendly. You may be caught in a 'catch-22' here.
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We were approved by Adsense without a problem, although we never planned to advertise anything... it was the other hoops that we were struggling with (1,000 subscribers and 4,000 watch hours).  We only have a few hundred parishioners and most of them don't understand websites much less YouTube... giving them simple instructions to a website watch a live service is much easier and more likely to help them in their spiritual life than trying to get them to navigate YouTube larger world.
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"it was the other hoops that we were struggling with (1,000 subscribers and 4,000 watch hours)."
 
There's one more hoop beyond that, I'm afraid, and it's this last hoop that trips up 95% of channels applying for monetization. Getting approved by AdSense and getting 1000 subscribers and 4000 valid public watch time hours is only the beginning.
 
"Get reviewed. Once you sign the YouTube Partner Program terms and connect an AdSense account, your channel will automatically be put in a review queue. Our automated systems and human reviewers will then review your channel’s content to check whether your account has followed all of our guidelines. You can check your application status anytime at https://studio.youtube.com/channel/UC/monetization.
  1. If you’re accepted into YPP: Congratulations! You can now set up ad preferences and enable monetization on your uploads. Here’s a list of FAQs that we get from creators who have just joined YPP. 
  2. If you’re rejected from YPP: Our reviewers found that a significant portion of your channel doesn’t meet our policies and guidelines. You can re-apply 30 days after your rejection. Check out our FAQs for tips on how to strengthen your application."
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But I think that is the point of this process.  I don't want nor do I need monetization from YouTube... We are a small church, not looking to create ads or make money with our YouTube posts.  This is not now, nor will ever be a source of revenue for us.  We don't need partnership for this purpose.

It is YouTube that keeps pushing us down this road, trying to get us to make money using YouTube.  So if we are not interested in making money, we don't deserve to have the privilege of embedding our YouTube live streams on to our website?

We are in the middle of a pandemic and we are trying to reach our own parishioners.... just those that would be looking for us on our website.  That's all.

Why do we have to be looking to make money for this to happen on YouTube?  No one has answered this question... Why is YouTube putting up roadblocks for a small little church that has no ability to make money on our Live streams?  There is way more sketchy, controversial and political content on YouTube and it seems, because they are trying to make money, they can do whatever they want.

We are a small church just trying to make a peaceful difference with our small congregation during a pandemic when people are isolated from each other.  Isolation is a killer and we are trying to close that gap.  YouTube isn't helping us, and they used to be the best service out there.  What happened?

What can be done here?  We are not the same as everyone of these other groups...  We are different.  This application process should have a loop hole for church like us.
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"Why do we have to be looking to make money for this to happen on YouTube?"

Because the current rules say that to embed live streams, your channel must be a member of the YouTube Partner Program. Are you aware that you can be in the YPP and turn off monetization for your videos?

"Why is YouTube putting up roadblocks for a small little church that has no ability to make money on our Live streams?"

These 'roadblocks', as you call them, exist for every YouTube channel. You aren't being specifically targeted.

"This application process should have a loop hole for church like us."

If one channel type is given preferential treatment, it would then have to be given to every channel, or it wouldn't be fair.

I hope you can understand this.

There are other video platforms you can use that will allow you to embed streamed videos to your website. If you can't meet YouTube's requirements, my suggestion is that you use an alternate service. I will link a Google search for you.

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Thank you... I am still looking for answer to my question, and no one in a year has answered it.  Why did YouTube change their policies in the first place?  I was in a different parish, much smaller than this one, and I was able to embed our live streams without a problem.  That account is grandfathered with YouTube and is still able to embed their YouTube live streams without meeting all these parameters.  That is the exception apparently... Older accounts don't have to follow the rules.

I recognize that the rules have changed, I recognize that this is just the way it is, and that YouTube doesn't really care.  This is just what YouTube is going to be moving forward... 

However, I have in a year not found one website, no document, nor page that answered this simple question...  "Why did YouTube change their policies?  What was so broken before that things needed to be fixed?"

Please don't send me to a website explaining what has changed.  I am painfully aware that this is the way it is, and I know every one of these seemingly arbitrary new parameters.  I would like to know why.

All I see is that those who want to make money are rewarded by YouTube and those who don't, and are too small... YouTube doesn't care about.

Please help me understand why this seemingly small potatoes restriction is there.  We don't want or need to be big, and we are getting shut out by YouTube because of it.  This just doesn't seem right.

Can you at least see this?
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I can see it; but as I am just a YouTube user and not a YouTube employee, I don't know why this rule set changed. What I do know is this.
 
Once a channel is granted a feature, it stays; unless it's disabled due to a violation, or the feature is discontinued. Can't you just repurpose and rename the channel that has embedding enabled?
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Dermacrosis,

While selfishly, I would love to get special treatment, being a church, the argument could made about YouTube's change in policies "for all accounts" that only negatively affects some.

This is not the best example, but hopefully illustrates my point.  I'm not trying to offend anyone here, please don't take it this way.  It is just an example.  Using that "the policy is for all accounts" argument, what's to stop YouTube from creating a policy that all accounts must have at least 20 subscribers who are politically registered Libertarians.  They could say they were trying to encourage political diversity.  

It would still be the same rules for all accounts.  But it would be next to impossible for any account outside the US (and pretty hard for a US account) to track down one registered Libertarian, let alone 20.  YouTube could still state that they are fair and have the same rules for all accounts.  But some accounts would clearly see this as an unfair policy, especially those accounts outside the US.

This change of policies, is the same type of change to me.  It favors a certain type of account (i.e. a larger one, with a large fan base - or at least an account that has the paid or volunteer help to accrue a larger fan base).  And although you don't have to have monetization enabled for your AdSense account, they had to know that this wouldn't affect their larger accounts.  It feels unfair, regardless of how "fair" the policy is for all accounts.  Just like an account outside the US, that doesn't have access to a political Libertarian, my small parish doesn't have access to 1,000 subscribers, and all those watch hours.  We just don't. 

Hearing the reason for the change from YouTube is important to the small accounts, especially to churches who don't have alot of money or volunteers to help with these almost unreachable subscriber and watch hour totals.
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