YouTube is updating its community guidelines regarding its strike system to a new simpler system. The new system aims to further standardize and clarify policies for consistent enforcement with greater transparency. The new Strike System will have a consistent penalty for each strike along with better notifications. This also aims to create a balance between the freedom of expression of content creators with the freedom to belong which revolves around working together toward shared interests and passions. Watch the short introduction to the new Strike System below.
Strikes and Penalties
YouTube will be consistent in applying penalties for violating the Community Guidelines regardless of where it happens. YouTube notes that most strikes from videos can be found on the stories, custom thumbnail, and external links found in the video description and info card. With the new system, users will now get a warning the first time their content violates Community Guidelines. Content will be removed by YouTube but there will be no penalty applied. A strike will occur for any violation after the first violation. The penalty for the strikes 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.
YouTube expresses its aim to always be transparent to its users. With that, YouTube will make email and desktop notifications clearer and provide more details on which policy was violated. The new Strike System was developed in partnership with the community and will be in effect immediately.