Any revenue earned on channels with under 10,000 views up until Thursday will not be impacted, YouTube said. After today, however, that source of income will be shut down. That is, of course, as long as you've passed the review and follow community guidelines.

YouTube is taking measures to help ensure its user-generated content doesn't end up positioning ads by big brands next to questionable content.

But a YouTube spokesperson said the platform has been working on revamping the Partner Program since November of 2016.

That's not all the criteria for the YPP program either; Once a channel crosses the 10,000 lifetime views threshold that's been newly-set, YouTube will then verify if the channel's activity and content matches that of the service's policy and practices.

YouTube has been seeing more cases in which someone re-uploads original content - pirated from another YouTube channel - to try to earn ad revenue from it, according to VP of product management Ariel Bardin.

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The changes come after recent backlash over ads that run on extremist channels and hateful videos.

These new restrictions on the YouTube Partner Program appear to be a blanket solution that lets Google and YouTube police content that doesn't have a huge following yet.

While some fear small creators could be hurt by restrictions, the 10,000-view threshold is so low that it will not hamper any people who make a living from their channels, said Jonathan Katz, an entertainment lawyer who represents YouTube artists.

Five years ago, YouTube opened their partner program to everyone.

YouTube wants to make sure its creators are legit before giving them the opportunity to make money off videos. YouTube believes that the minimum view policy would give it enough time to identify the legitimacy of a channel and award them compensation accordingly. More specifically, YouTube has today announced a change which stops some contributors from making money on YouTube.

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