After the outbreak of COVID-19, YouTube denied monetization of all videos that were in any way related to the discussion of coronavirus. However, due to the negative reaction of users and the understanding that the topic is not going anywhere, the service decided to retreat. This was reported on the official YouTube blog.
First, YouTube turned to its policy on “sensitive events” and labeled it as a coronavirus under “brutal acts that result in deaths”. This policy is intended to cover short-term events with significant resonance, such as natural disasters.
According to Susan Wojcicki, YouTube CEO, the company realized that SARS-CoV-2 is becoming part of the daily discussions, so they don’t want to prevent bloggers and news organizations from producing content. Ad units will be returned to channels in the next few weeks.