YouTube Lifts Ban on Monetizing in Cambodia

Cambodian YouTubers can breathe a sigh of relief after the online platform launched its YouTube Partner Program, meaning the nation's content creators can earn cash
A person checks YouTube in Phnom Penh, August 20, 2022. Kiripost/Siv Channa
A person checks YouTube in Phnom Penh, August 20, 2022. Kiripost/Siv Channa

Cambodian YouTubers in Cambodia can earn money again after the online platform officially launched its "YouTube Partner Program" this month after suspending the provision of monetization services.

On November 24, the Ministry of Post and Telecommunications made the announcement. It comes after the provision of monetization services on YouTube video nurseries in Cambodia was suspended. PTC then contacted and partnered with a YouTube representative to find a solution for content producers.

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The statement added that from November 2022, YouTube officially launched the "YouTube Partner Program" in Cambodia, which allows Cambodian YouTubers to earn money and access important resources .

“PTC will continue to work with YouTube and other online video nursery companies to develop content producers' training programs, as has been done in the past, aimed at strengthening their ability to produce great content in accordance with innovative intellectual property rights."

"With giving benefits and wisdom to the public, such as education, entertainment, digital technology, business and innovation, all of which contribute to the economic and social development of digital in Cambodia,” the statement said.

YouTuber, Chea Sinnarong, owner of Khmer Drama Review Channel, said that in suspending the provision of monetization services it was difficult financially as he depended on earning money from YouTube. He added that he received viewers from other countries so it helped him earn money.

“Working on YouTube is stressful but fortunately, nowadays, I have some viewers from other countries. If I didn't, it would be difficult," Sinnarong said.

“We are all happy when commerce comes back, for more than two years we were living hard. I see it not only as a trade partnership but also YouTube seems to have given our country the full rights partner. We Cambodians used to create our own channel, and they can make money for us Cambodians," he added.