YouTube demystifies the Community Guidelines appeal process in a new video that answers frequently asked questions from creators.
YouTube’s Product Manager clears up misunderstandings about who reviews an appeal, how appeals get reviewed so quickly, what should be included in an appeal, and more.
This information will help you understand and navigate the Community Guidelines process if you receive a strike against your channel.
Before going through the questions answered in the video, let’s first go over what an appeal is and the reasons why you should send it.
What is a Community Guidelines Appeal?
When a YouTube creator posts content that violates a website’s Community Guidelines, they receive a strike against their channel.
If a creator repeatedly violates our Community Guidelines, YouTube bans the channel on the third strike.
Content creators have the opportunity to have an offense removed from their record by submitting an appeal. If a creator proves they don’t deserve a strike, they can avoid having their channel removed.
YouTube allows all creators to appeal, but not all appeals are successful.
Who reviews the appeal?
YouTube maintains that humans, not machines, review Community Guidelines calls.
A worldwide team of content reviewers is employed to manually rate each resume.
They look at content and appeal to assess whether it meets YouTube’s Community Guidelines.
How was my appeal reviewed so quickly?
Creators sometimes get appeal results so quickly that they wonder how a human could review their video so quickly.
YouTube understands the importance of getting back to its creators promptly and has the resources to do so.
In addition to having a team of content reviewers in countries around the world, YouTube trains reviewers to identify the moment in a video that triggered a restriction.
They use this timestamp to determine if the restriction is valid instead of watching the entire video.
Will deleting or modifying the video remove the blow?
Deleting the video will not remove the violation. The only way to remove the offense is to submit an appeal.
How many times can I file an appeal?
YouTube allows one appeal per entry. If the appeal is denied, it cannot be appealed again.
What should I include in my appeal?
The most successful content creators in their appeals have exhaustively compared their content to said policy.
This means it’s a good idea to review YouTube’s Community Guidelines and analyze if your video is in violation.
Content creators have the option to add comments when submitting an appeal where they can include details to help make their case for removal.
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