YouTube has revamped it’s Community Guidelines with the YouTube Strikes System to warn channels breaking the rules introducing more opportunities for everyone to understand their policies.
YouTube along with the creators on the platform found that clear policies, consistent enforcement and transparency as to what’s happening to their channels were the most significant factors that should shape the Community Guidelines and systems concerning violations.
On the first violation, YouTube would issue a “one-time warning” without any penalty, as the first violation can also be unintentional or because of lack of understanding of Guidelines.
The Strikes System would have escalating penalties with each strike and all violations concerning Community Guidelines will have the same penalties. As in, a channel portraying visuals banned by the platform would have the same penalty as a channel posting content that they didn’t create or are not authorized to use.
First strike will get a channel frozen for one week. Users won’t be able to upload or stream any new content to YouTube. That strike will expire after 90 days. Second strike within that 90-day period will result in a two-week uploading freeze and the third strike in that 90-day period will cause YouTube to shut down the channel.
In a blogpost YouTube mentioned that 98% of creators never break their Community Guidelines and according to the company the three-strike system works as “94% of those who do receive a first strike never get a second one”.