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Community Guidelines Strike

A penalty for violating YouTube's community guidelines.

What is a community guidelines strike in YouTube?

A community guidelines strike in YouTube is a penalty that is given to users who violate YouTube's community guidelines. These guidelines are a set of rules created by YouTube to maintain a safe and respectful environment on the platform. They cover a wide range of content and behavior, including but not limited to, hate speech, harassment, nudity, violent or graphic content, and spam.

When a user violates these guidelines, YouTube may issue a strike against their account. The first strike is a warning with no penalty, but the user is informed about the violation and asked to review the community guidelines. If the user continues to violate the guidelines, they will receive additional strikes. Multiple strikes can lead to more severe penalties, such as the temporary suspension of the ability to post content or even the permanent termination of the user's account.

How does a Community Guidelines Strike affect my YouTube channel?

A Community Guidelines Strike on your YouTube channel can have significant impacts. When you receive your first strike, it serves as a warning, and you will be required to take a short educational course to understand YouTube's community guidelines better. However, you will not be able to upload videos, live streams, stories, or create custom thumbnails or community posts for one week.

If you receive a second strike within a 90-day period, you will not be able to post content for two weeks. If a third strike is received within the same period, YouTube may terminate your channel, meaning all your videos and information will be permanently deleted, and you won't be able to create new channels. Therefore, it's crucial to understand and adhere to YouTube's community guidelines to avoid strikes and potential termination of your channel.

How can I remove a Community Guidelines Strike from my YouTube account?

To remove a Community Guidelines Strike from your YouTube account, you can either wait for it to expire or submit an appeal if you believe it was issued by mistake. Strikes typically expire after 90 days, but during this period, your account might have some restrictions.

If you believe the strike was a mistake, you can appeal the decision. To do this, go to the YouTube Studio and select the 'Content' option. Find the video that was removed and click on 'Appeal'. You will be asked to provide additional details and submit your appeal. YouTube will review your appeal and make a decision. If your appeal is successful, the strike will be removed from your account. However, if your appeal is rejected, the strike will remain until it expires.

What happens if I receive multiple Community Guidelines Strikes on YouTube?

If you receive multiple Community Guidelines Strikes on YouTube, it can lead to severe consequences. The first time you violate YouTube's Community Guidelines, you'll get a warning with no penalty to your channel. However, if you continue to violate the guidelines, you'll start receiving strikes.

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 expire after 90 days. The second strike within the same 90-day period will result in a two-week freeze on the ability to upload any new content to YouTube. If you receive a third strike within the same 90-day period, your YouTube channel will be terminated, all the uploaded videos will be removed, and you won't be able to create new channels.

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