Channel or account terminations

If your channel is terminated, you will get an email explaining the reason for the termination. If your YouTube channel is terminated, you are prohibited from circumventing the termination— or allowing others to use your channel to bypass their termination— by using or creating any other YouTube channels.  

This applies to all of your existing channels, any new channels you create or acquire, and any channels in which you are repeatedly or prominently featured.

Participants of the YouTube Partner Program are no longer entitled to earn any revenue if their channel is terminated. We may also withhold unpaid earnings and refund advertisers or viewers for purchases where appropriate and possible. 

Community Guidelines terminations

Reasons channels or accounts can be terminated:

  • Repeated violations of the Community Guidelines or Terms of Service across any form of content (like repeatedly posting abusive, hateful, and/or harassing videos or comments)
  • A single case of severe abuse (such as predatory behavior, spam, or pornography)
  • Dedication to a policy violation (like hate speech, harassment, or impersonation)

If you believe that your channel/account was mistakenly terminated, you can appeal using this form.

  • Don’t submit an appeal request more than once. Multiple requests increase the volume to review and cause delays in our response.
  • Fill out the form as completely as possible including your Channel ID. The more information that you give us, the easier it will be to process your request.

Copyright terminations

If your channel was terminated due to copyright infringement claims and you think the claims are incorrect, you may file a counter notification. This process is still available for creators with terminated channels, but the counter notification webform will be inaccessible. You may also submit a counter notification via email, fax, or postal mail.

For more info on the counter-notification process, go to the Copyright Center.

Note: Filing a counter notification begins a legal process.

Download data for channel terminations

If your channel is terminated, you can no longer download your YouTube content. However, you do maintain the ability to download your Google data. Learn how to download your Google data.

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