While the dust continues to settle from the Article 13 battle in Europe – at least temporarily – YouTube has announced a revamp of how its Community Guidelines strikes work. This is the system by which channels get three strikes before facing “more severe consequences” for breaking YouTube’s guidelines.
In a blog post announcing the changes, YouTube stressed that 98% of its creators never break the guidelines, while 94% of people who do receive a first strike, never receive a second one. Anyway, the change: “Starting February 25, all channels will receive a one-time warning the first time they post content that crosses the line, with no penalties to their channel except for the removal of that content,” explained YouTube. It’s also providing more information about what kind of content can generate a strike – yes, this includes copyright; but also hateful content; nudity and sexual content; videos with misleading metadata or which promote scams; and videos that raise child-safety issues.
Meanwhile, here’s how the strikes system works: a first strike results in a one-week freeze on uploading or streaming any new content on YouTube; a second strike *within a 90-day period* will trigger a two-week freeze; and a third strike *again within that 90-day period* will see the channel terminated.