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Understanding the Latest Changes to YouTube’s Community Guidelines Strike System

Published: December 2, 2020

Understanding YouTube’s Updated Community Guidelines Strike System

If you’re a content creator on YouTube, staying abreast of the platform’s policies is crucial for maintaining a successful channel. Recently, YouTube has updated its Community Guidelines strike system to create a clearer and fairer approach for enforcing rules. In this blog post, we’ll delve into the recent update from Matt at YouTube and address the questions content creators may have.

New Developments in YouTube’s Strike Protocol

Effective from February 25th, 2019, YouTube will implement a one-time warning system for the first violation that occurs on a channel. This means that if you inadvertently break the rules, you’ll receive a warning without immediate penalties—aside from the removal of the infringing content. This initiative is a response to feedback from creators who have unintentionally breached YouTube policies and provides an opportunity to learn from the mistake without facing immediate repercussions.

The updated system treats all types of content equally concerning strikes, which means that the same penalties apply to videos, playlists, live streams, and even thumbnails. To keep creators well-informed, YouTube has also committed to providing more detailed resources, emails, and notifications regarding channel status and any strikes received.

The Rationale Behind YouTube’s Policy Update

YouTube’s revisions to its strike system stem from the community feedback, suggesting a need for more precise explanations of policies, consistent enforcement, and transparency about how strikes affect channels. By addressing these concerns, YouTube aims to foster a better understanding and a more equitable environment for creators.

Consequences of Incurring Community Guidelines Strikes

Under the new system, here are the steps that follow a given channel’s first, non-penalized warning:

The penalty period for each strike is 90 days, starting from the date the strike is issued. Strikes not only impact video uploads but also negatively affect the ability to live stream, as well as other features like posting custom thumbnails and community posts during the penalty period. The updated system guarantees a warning for everyone should they violate the Community Guidelines, which acts as a reset point for creators to understand and align with YouTube’s policies moving forward.

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