Changes to YouTube’s Community Guidelines Strikes System

Today, YouTube announced some new updates to it’s Community Guidelines strikes system. Their goal is to make the system simpler and more transparent, as well as more consistent with strike penalties.

The biggest change to this system is that when a channel uploads a video that violates the Community Guidelines for the first time, they will receive a warning on the channel instead of an actual strike. This warning has no penalty on the channel, except for removal of the content that violated the guidelines. After your first warning the following rules will apply:

  • The first strike (after the initial warning) 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.

Check out the video below for all the new updates that YouTube announced today:

Be sure to also check out this Q&A video from YouTube to help better explain these changes:

Feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions around these new updates from YouTube.