Community Guidelines strike basics

This article is about Community Guidelines strikes. If you're looking for info about copyright strikes, which are different from Community Guidelines strikes, take a look at our copyright strike basics.

Community Guidelines are the rules of the road for how to behave on YouTube. If your content violates our Community Guidelines, your channel will be issued a strike.

Content may be removed for reasons other than Community Guidelines violations. For example, a first-party privacy complaint or a court order. In these cases, the uploader won't get a strike.

What happens when you get a strike?

When a strike is issued, you'll be told via email. You can also choose to have notifications sent to you through your mobile and computer notifications, and in your channel settings. We'll also tell you:

  • What content was removed
  • Which policies it violated (e.g. harassment or violence)
  • How it affects your channel
  • What you can do next

If your content violates our Community Guidelines, here's how it affects your channel:


We understand that mistakes happen and you don't mean to violate our policies — that's why the first violation is typically only a warning. Note that you'll only be warned once, and this warning will remain on your channel. The next time that your content is found to violate the Community Guidelines, you'll get a strike. Sometimes a single case of severe abuse will result in channel termination without warning. If you think that we've made a mistake, you can appeal the warning.

First strike

If we find that your content doesn't follow our policies for a second time, you'll get a strike.

This strike means that you will not be allowed to do the following for one week:

  • Upload videos, live streams or stories
  • Create custom thumbnails or Community posts
  • Create, edit or add collaborators to playlists
  • Add or remove playlists from the watch page using the 'Save' button
  • Show a trailer during your Premieres
  • Send viewers from a live stream to a Premiere or send viewers from a Premiere to a live stream

Full privileges will be restored automatically after the 1-week period, but your strike will remain on your channel for 90 days.

Second strike

If you get a second strike within the same 90-day period as your first strike, you will not be allowed to post content for two weeks. If there are no further issues, full privileges will be restored automatically after the two-week period. Each strike will not expire until 90 days from the time that it was issued.

Third strike

Three strikes in the same 90-day period will result in your channel being permanently removed from YouTube. Again, each strike will not expire until 90 days from the time that it was issued.

Note: Deleting your content will not remove a strike. We may also issue a Community Guidelines strike on deleted content. You can learn more about when we retain deleted content in our Privacy Policy.

What to do when you get a strike

We want to help you to stay on YouTube, so remember to do the following:

  1. Learn about our Community Guidelines to make sure that your content follows our policies.
  2. If your channel has received a strike, and you think that we've made a mistake, let us know. You can appeal this decision here.

YouTube also reserves the right to restrict a creator's ability to create content at its discretion. If your account has been turned off or restricted from using any YouTube features, you're prohibited from using another channel to get around these restrictions. This applies for as long as the restriction remains active on your account. Violation of this restriction is considered circumvention under our Terms of Service, and may result in termination of your account.

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