Appeal Community Guidelines actions

This content covers how to appeal Community Guidelines strikes and removals. If your video was removed for copyright reasons, learn about your options for copyright strikes.

We remove content that violates our Community Guidelines. However we understand that we sometimes make mistakes. If you think that your content doesn't violate the Community Guidelines and either received a strike or was removed in error, you can appeal following the steps below.

Appeal a Community Guidelines strike

When we remove your content for a Community Guidelines violation, you may be issued a strike. Strikes are issued when content on YouTube is flagged for review, either by members of the YouTube community or our smart detection technology, and our review teams decide that it does not follow our Community Guidelines. If your channel gets a strike, you'll get an email, notifications on mobile and desktop, and an alert in your channel settings the next time you sign in to YouTube.

Before you start, review the policy related to the strike. We also list examples of content that result in a Community Guidelines strike. You can only appeal for 30 days after the warning or strike was issued.

Appeal a strike 

  1. Go to your Dashboard in YouTube Studio.
  2. Select the Channel violations card.
  3. Select APPEAL.
Note: Deleting the video will not resolve the strike. If you delete your video, the strike will remain on your channel and you won't be able to appeal again.

If you've received a Community Guidelines strike for links in your content, make sure you're familiar with our policy and appeals process for links in your content.

Appeal a Community Guidelines video removal

Sometimes, we remove content without issuing a strike or penalty on your channel. Here’s how you can appeal when this happens: 

If it’s a video:

  1. Go to your Dashboard in YouTube Studio.
  2. Click Videos on the left hand menu.
  3. Go to the video you want to appeal. 
  4. Under the “Restrictions” column, hover your cursor over the restriction type and click Appeal
  5. Enter your reason for appealing and click Submit.

If it’s a playlist or thumbnail:
You’ll receive an email if your playlist or thumbnail was removed for violating our Community Guidelines. If you think that your content doesn't violate the Community Guidelines and was removed in error, use the form provided in the email to appeal.

Note: Videos can be taken down for many reasons. If you're having trouble appealing a video removal, it may have been removed for reasons other than a Community Guidelines violation. You can troubleshoot video takedowns in this Help Center article

After you submit an appeal

You'll get an email from YouTube letting you know the result of your appeal request. One of the following will happen:

  • If we find that your content followed our Community Guidelines, we'll reinstate it and remove the strike from your channel. If you appeal a warning and the appeal is granted, the next offense will be a warning.
  • If we find your content followed our Community Guidelines, but isn’t appropriate for all audiences, we’ll apply an age-restriction. If it’s a video, it won’t be visible to users who are signed out, are under 18 years of age, or have Restricted Mode turned on. If it’s a custom thumbnail, it will be removed.
  • If we find that your content was in violation of our Community Guidelines, the strike will stay and the video will remain down from the site. There's no additional penalty for appeals that are rejected.

You may appeal each strike only once.

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