Appealing video strikes

Strikes are issued when our reviewers identify a violation of the Community Guidelines. When a strike is issued, an email is sent to the user and an alert will also appear the next time they sign into YouTube in their Channel Settings.

Our reviewers are highly trained, but are human and do sometimes make mistakes. If you feel that your video does not violate our Community Guidelines and was removed in error, you can appeal the strike within your account.

Please note : Deleting the video will not resolve the strike. If you delete your video the strike will remain and you will not be able to appeal.

Appeal a strike

  1. Visit your Channel Settings
  2. Click the arrow next to the Community Guidelines section to show your strikes
  3. Click Appeal this decision link as shown below
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.

If your video was removed for copyright reasons, you can visit the YouTube Copyright Center to learn about your options.