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 that it either received a strike or was removed in error, you can appeal by 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 that 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. If you want to appeal, you must do so within 30 days after the warning or strike was issued.
Appeal a strike
- Go to your Dashboard in YouTube Studio.
- Select the 'Channel violations' card.
- Select APPEAL.
If you've received a Community Guidelines strike for links in your content, make sure that 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:
- Sign in to YouTube Studio.
- From the left-hand menu, select Content.
- Go to the video that you want to appeal.
- In the 'Restrictions' column, hover your cursor over the restriction type and click Appeal.
- 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.
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 things 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 offence will be a warning.
- If we find that 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.