The Korean Fair Trade Commission (FTC) told Google Korea on March 14 to amend an article in YouTube’s terms of service that allows it to unilaterally remove YouTube users' content or accounts. The FTC has become the first fair trade watchdog in the world to tell Google to revise its "unfair" terms of service.
The FTC cited one part in YouTube’s terms of service that allows the video portal to remove content or terminate a user’s account at its own discretion at any time without prior notice. The FTC pointed out that a user should be given an opportunity to challenge YouTube’s action, saying, “Content deletion and account termination restrict a user's right so there should be a concrete and rational reason for such an action.” Thus far, Google has removed content or terminated a user’s account when it judged that the content is inappropriate for viewing in YouTube without notifying the user of its action. But from now on, YouTube will not be able to do that.
"We have recommended YouTube to correct some parts of its terms of services that the video portal did not do so voluntarily," said Lee Tae-hwi, head of the Term Review Department at the FTC. Lee’s department has scrutinized the terms and conditions of online business operators. “If YouTube does not accept our recommendations within 60 days, we can issue a correction order. If YouTube ignores the order, we can file a complaint with the prosecution.”