All about YouTube Strikes & Ways to Prevent them

Strikes on Youtube -

Hi Guys,

In this Blog I’ll discuss about strikes on YouTube which creators get when they commit some mistakes on YouTube. Basically, two types of Strikes are there on YouTube: Copyright Strike and Community Guidelines Strike.


Copyright Strike:

When you use someone else’s copyrighted content (like image, clip, graphics, music etc) in your Videos then Owner of that Content can complaint YouTube about it and YouTube immediately remove that video from the Channel and sends a copyright strike on your Channel. Each copyright strike lasts for 3 months and if any YouTuber gets 3 or more strikes within a 3 month Period then his/her channel will get suspended from the YouTube.

Sometimes it may happen that your video was mistakenly removed from youtube because it was misidentified as infringing, or qualifies as a potential fair use then you can submit a counter notification. And if you know that you have committed a mistake and want to resolve the strike as soon as possible then you can contact owner of that content and can ask to retract the claim from your channel. If the owner agrees after some negotiations then he/she may retract the claim and strike will be removed from your channel.


Community guidelines Strikes:

YouTube has a set of rules and regulations which every creator must follow. Whenever a creator break any rule, YouTube sends a community guidelines Strike on that channel and again 3 or more strikes within a 3 month period, your account will get suspended. But in case of Community Guidelines strike, duration of strikes can vary.


Reasons for Community Guideline Strikes:


Uploading inappropriate Content: If you upload a content that is against the policies of YouTube then you channel gets a strike and in worst cases it even gets terminated. Following are the contents that should not be uploaded on YouTube:

  • Nudity or Sexual Content: You cannot upload pornography or sexually explicit content on YouTube. These are against terms and conditions of YouTube and your account can be suspended if you do so.
  • Violent Content: It’s not allowed to post violent content that can be shocking, sensational, or disrespectful and don’t encourage others to commit specific acts of violence.
  • Threats: Things like predatory behavior, stalking, threats, harassment, intimidation, invading privacy, revealing other people’s personal information, and inciting others to commit violent acts or to violate the Terms of Use are taken very seriously. Anyone caught doing these things may be permanently banned from YouTube
  • Hateful Content: YouTube doesn’t support content that promotes violence against individuals or groups based on race or ethnic origin, religion, disability, gender, age, nationality, veteran status, or sexual orientation/gender identity, or whose primary purpose is inciting hatred on the basis of these core characteristics. This can be a delicate balancing act, but if the primary purpose is to attack a protected group, the content crosses the line.
  • Spam, misleading metadata, and scams: Don’t create misleading descriptions, tags, titles, or thumbnails in order to increase views. It’s not okay to post large amounts of untargeted, unwanted or repetitive content, including comments and private messages
  • Harmful Content: Content that may cause harm to People in direct or indirect way like dangerous stunts which are not suitable for all Audience.


Sub 4 sub: Subscribing various YouTube channels and asking them to subscribe yours is against YouTube’s Policies. YouTube want you to get real subscribers based on the your work and these promotion tactics can even get your account suspended.


Description Spam: Some YouTubers add tags in the Description Box to get more views and rank their Videos but this is against YouTube’s Policy. A separate box is given where you can add tags for your Videos. In the description box, you just have to describe your videos by using keywords in your sentences. If YouTube find Tags in the description box of a video then the YouTuber gets the community guidelines strike on his/her channel.


Channel Promotion: Direct promotion of other YouTube channels on your Channel is also not allowed. You can promote them by using various ways like collaborating with them, allowing them to make a video for your channel, organizing a mega giveaway, or through an event etc.


Paid Views and Subscribers: Buying Views and fake subscribers can lead your google account in Trouble. If YouTube finds out that the views are not authentic then your account can get suspended.


You may also like to see our YouTube Guide for Beginners.

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