The penalties for violating YouTube’s Community Guidelines aren’t the greatest, primarily because they are unclear and inconsistent. After feedback from content creators, YouTube is introducing more ways for users to understand policies, better notifications when it comes to a violation, and consistency across the board for strikes.
YouTube is rolling out the new policies on February 25th which will hopefully make it easier for creators to understand what is going on when they receive a strike against their channel.
YouTube says that 98% of the community never break the Community Guidelines. Considering YouTube is based on self-published content, these are pretty good numbers. As for those who do end up taking it one step too far, 94% of those who do end up receiving an email for the first strike never receive a second one.
When the new strikes system rolls out, all channels will receive a one time warning whenever their content goes too far for the first time. The policy will take place across YouTube as a whole and include creators videos, stories, thumbnails, or even links to websites that could lead to some unexpected content.
The new strike warnings and penalties will also be more consistent and are as follows:
- The first strike will result in a one-week freeze on the ability to upload any new content to YouTube, including live streaming, and other channel activities. Strikes will expire after 90 days.
- The second strike in any 90-day period will result in a two-week freeze on the ability to upload any new content to YouTube.
- The third strike in any 90-day period will result in channel termination.
Hopefully, this new strikes system will make it easier for the small percentage of those who violate YouTube’s Community Guidelines to understand.
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