How To Appeal A YouTube Community Guidelines Strike Against Your Video…And Win

  • Has YouTube ever flagged one of your videos
    for violating it’s Community Guidelines?
  • Have you ever received a strike against your YouTube account?
  • How do you appeal a strike to get your video back?

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Recently I received an email notification from YouTube which said…

The YouTube Community has flagged one or more of your videos as inappropriate. Once a video is flagged, it is reviewed by the YouTube Team against our Community Guidelines. Upon review, we have determined that the following video(s) contain content in violation of these guidelines, and have been disabled:
““

Here’s what I saw when I tried to access the video….

Here’s the reason YouTube gave for violating the community guidelines:

Everyone hates spam. Misleading descriptions, tags, titles or thumbnails designed to increase views are not allowed. It’s also not okay to post large amounts of untargeted, unwanted or repetitive content, including comments and private messages.

When I logged into my YouTube account I noticed my account status had been changed from “good standing” to “bad standing.”

Here are the options YouTube gave me…

1. Wait for 6 months.

If you receive no more strikes your video will be reinstated after 6 months. If your account receives two strikes within a six month period, you won’t be able to post new content to YouTube for two weeks. If there are no further issues, full privileges are restored automatically after the two week period. If an account receives a third Community Guidelines strike before the first strike has expired, the account will be terminated.

2. Appeal a strike

If we find that your video did not violate our Community Guidelines, we will reinstate it and remove the strike from your account. In some instances, it is possible that we will remove the strike from your account but your video will remain down from the site. You will receive an email from us informing you of the result of your appeal request. You may appeal each video strike only once. If we uphold our original decision on the strike, you will be unable to appeal future strikes on your account for a period of 60 days.

I decided to appeal the strike because…
1. I didn’t believe my video violated YouTube’s Community Guidelines
2. A few YouTube friends advised me to appeal because they had success appealing strikes against their own videos after they had been flagged.

And by the way I noticed I no longer could use associated website annotations. So I wrote a long letter to YouTube but then realized later I could only put a few words into the appeal box.

So how long did it take to get my video reinstated?
4 days later I received an email from YouTube that I had not violated YouTube’s Community Guidelines. Here’s what it said…

Thank you for submitting your video appeal to YouTube. After further review, we’ve determined that your video doesn’t violate our Community Guidelines. Your video has been reinstated and your account is in good standing.”
Sincerely,
The YouTube Team

However the associated websites annotations didn’t reappear until the next day.

Here are the lessons I learned…
1. Don’t worry if someone flags one of your videos even if YouTube says they carefully checked your video and concluded you violated their community guidelines.
2. Appeal immediately if you believe your video didn’t go against their guidelines.
3. Your videos may get flagged by one of your competitors or just someone who doesn’t like you.

Don’t sweat it..just appeal!

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