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YouTube will not remove videos from inactive accounts

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Google has released an update to its inactive account policy on YouTube, causing a stir among users of this video platform. Until now, the company had established that any account that remained inactive for two years would be deleted. However, given the concerns of Internet users, especially regarding old accounts with historical content and those belonging to deceased people whose loved ones want to preserve their digital legacy, Google has modified its policy not to remove videos from YouTube.

Increased security against fraud

The main reason that has led Google to implement this new inactive account policy is to combat online fraud. The company argues that abandoned accounts are more likely to be compromised, since they are less likely to have two-step verification enabled. These accounts can be used for a variety of malicious purposes, from identity theft to spreading unwanted or harmful content, such as spam.

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Preservation of digital heritage

Although Google is also looking to reduce its server costs by removing some old loads, they recognize the importance of preserving valuable content for users. Therefore, it has been decided that YouTube videos will not be removed this time. It is important to note that in Google Workspace (Gmail, Docs, Drive, Meet, Calendar) and Google Photos, inactive content will be removed from December 2023. However, the removal process will be gradual, starting with the accounts that have already been deleted and have never been used again. Google will send multiple notifications to the user, including their recovery address, before proceeding with the deletion of an account.

Data backup and change warning on other platforms

This news has been received with relief by YouTube fans, who will be able to keep their videos and valuable content stored on this platform. However, the importance of making backup copies of personal data stored on different digital platforms is highlighted. In fact, recently Elon Musk, the owner of Twitter, also announced plans to remove inactive accounts on his social network. These changes in the policies of various technology companies remind us of the need to protect our important data and files.

Google’s announcement of its inactive YouTube account policy represents an important step to safeguard online security and protect users’ digital assets. While the decision to preserve YouTube videos has been welcomed, it is also crucial that users take additional steps to back up their data and prevent the loss of valuable information. This policy change also invites us to reflect on the importance of our digital legacy and how technology companies must find a balance between

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