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YouTube Strike System for Community Guideline Violations Now More Consistent And Clear

The strikes system at YouTube is a way that reminds users who violate the community guidelines.

Now, Google is making it clearer to understand and consistent across all types of content along with revamped strike notifications.

Additionally, a new consistent penalty across strikes is introduced as well.

For long, YouTube has relied on a strict three-strikes system and email notices before a user faces more severe consequences.

It’s an effective system, says YouTube as 94 percent of those receiving a first strike has never got a second one.

The three-strike rule still applies after the initial warning.

Hence, first-time offenders will now get a one-time warning without any penalty aside from the removal of the content that caused the warning.

However, please note, this warning will not reset after 90 days. This change will come into effect on February 25.

YouTube says with this simple warning users will now have the chance to learn and comply with the policies, and in most cases, it’s all that needed.

Additionally, the help center will provide policy resources that offer better insights on behaviour that triggers a strike, along with examples of content that breaks rules.

Community guidelines strikes are now consistent across all the types of content and have the same penalty.

This covers, videos, stories, custom thumbnails, and links in a video description or info card.

Earlier, strikes on videos had a different penalty, like first strikes involved a 90–day live streaming freeze, while the second trigger a two-week freeze on new video uploads

Now, in addition to penalties, strikes could also result in the removal of an account.

Here is how the new strikes system works:

  • First strike — A one-week freeze on any new content upload to YouTube. It expires after 90 days.
  • Second strike — A two-week will freeze the ability to upload any new content to YouTube.
  • Third strike — This will result in channel termination.

Unlike warning, strikes will reset after 90–day period if there are no further violations found.

Transparency on Channel Status

Finally, we always want to make it clear why a strike occurred, what it means for your channel, and the next steps that are available—including appealing the decision in case you think it was a mistake.

Lastly, the enhanced email and desktop notifications now accessible on mobile and desktop will give clearer information to a user who received a strike.

The improved notification will now include details on which policy was violated.

For more information about this update on strikes, watch the video embeded below:

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