YouTube introduces new 'three strike' system that can lead to channel bans

19 February 2019, 17:31

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Benedict Townsend

By Benedict Townsend

This is the first time YouTube has updated its community guidelines in almost ten years

YouTube has just introduced a new Community Guidelines Strikes System which aims to tackle toxicity on the site. This is the first time in almost a decade that YouTube has made changes on this front.

The media giant said:

"We’re updating the way we give Community Guidelines strikes to a new, simpler system. We’ve worked with creators to understand what’s working and what’s not and you told us that consistent enforcement, clear policies, and transparency about the impact of a strike are most important. So we’re introducing more opportunities for everyone to understand our policies, a consistent penalty for each strike, and better notifications. "

Starting on February 25th 2019 a new system will kick into place.

When a channel makes its first violation of the community guidelines, they will be given a “one-time warning". There's no punishment attached to this, but the offending video will be taken down.

However, if a channel then makes more, subsequent breaches of the guidelines, that's when the new 'three strike system' kicks in:

The new strike system, and its punishments

YouTube has outlined a three strike system, which places emphasis on punishing repeat offenders:

- On your first strike, your channel will be frozen for one week. This means you won't be able to upload to YouTube in any way. This strike will be wiped from your record after 90 days... unless...

- You commit a second strike. A second strike within the same 90-day period as the first will land you with in a two-week uploading freeze.

- If you commit a third strike in the same 90-day period, YouTube will shut down your channel.

But what counts as a 'violation'

YouTube is saying that it is treating all rule-breaking equally, so if you break copyright, or post a hateful video, or in any other way violate the YouTube guidelines, you'll get a strike.

YouTube emphasises that 98 percent of its users never violate any community guidelines, so the vast majority of users should not worry about this new system at all.