YouTube will now send a warning for policy violations before issuing strikes

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  • Wednesday, 20 Feb 2019

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YouTube has announced changes in the way that they hand out Community Guideline strikes

In a slight amendment to its existing "three-strikes and you're out" punishment system, YouTube will now send a warning to first-time offenders prior to issuing the first strike for their channels. 

After the one-time warning is issued, a channel may receive up to three strikes before termination. The first strike will block the offender from uploading any content whatsoever on YouTube for one week, a second strike within 90 days from the first strike will result in another upload block for two weeks this time, and those who get a third guideline strike in the same 90-day period will have their channel terminated.

If however no further community guideline violations are committed within the 90-day period, the strike(s) will expire.

Before this change, YouTube would not issue a warning prior to penalising channels, instead immediately issuing the guideline strike and its penalty (or penalties). Another change is in the penalties handed out, which will now be kept consistent regardless of the offence committed by the channel.

Previously, not all strikes incurred the same penalty or penalties on a channel – for example first strikes on videos triggered a 90-day freeze on livestreaming while second strikes incurred a two-week freeze on new video uploads, which many complained were too-harsh punishments that did not fit the crime(s).

Email and desktop notifications, along with the soon-to-be-added mobile and in-product notifications from YouTube, will also be made clearer with details about which policy was violated in order to prevent confusion as to why a strike or warning occurred. 

According to YouTube, these new changes are being made in order to motivate content creators to read up on YouTube’s Community Guidelines after receiving their one-time warning in order to avoid future infractions. 

What does this mean for those of us who aren’t YouTubers? Well, it’s likely that you’ll be seeing fewer videos from your favourite YouTuber talking about how they got their video suddenly removed by YouTube for unspecified guideline violation(s).

It remains to be seen how effective this change will be in practice as this change will only go into effect on Feb 25.

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