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🚩 Announcement: Strengthening enforcement of our Community Guidelines 0 Recommended Answers 15 Replies 2224 Upvotes
Last edited 1/15/19
YouTube’s Community Guidelines set the rules of the road for what we don’t allow on YouTube and not only apply to videos but all content, including comments, thumbnails, links, posts, live chat, etc. For example, we do not allow pornography, incitement to violence, harassment, or hate speech in any form on YouTube. We rely on a combination of people and technology to flag inappropriate content and enforce these guidelines (learn more about how that works here). “Enforcement” refers to actions that YouTube takes to uphold our Community Guidelines – for example removing and issuing a strike for a video that violates our policies.
Through community feedback, we’ve identified areas where we can strengthen enforcement and/or clarify our policies to better protect the YouTube community from people who abuse the platform. Based on this, we’re sharing reminders and ramping up enforcement across a few key areas outlined below.
- Custom thumbnails: Reminder – all custom thumbnail images must follow our Community Guidelines. Selecting a thumbnail that egregiously violate policies (e.g., containing pornography or graphic violence) will now result in a Community Guidelines strike, even if the video does not violate our policies. Multiple strikes will result in the loss of your channel’s custom thumbnail privileges and three strikes in 90 days will result in account termination. Read more in this Custom Thumbnail Policy.
- External links: Reminder – all external sites you link to from YouTube must follow our Community Guidelines. Adding links to external sites that egregiously violate our policies (eg., pornography, malware, or spam) will now result in a Community Guidelines strike. Receiving three strikes in 90 days will result in account termination. Read more in this External Link Policy FAQ.
- Dangerous challenges and pranks: Reminder – content that encourages violence or dangerous activities that may result in serious physical harm, distress or death violates our harmful and dangerous policy, so we’re clarifying what this means for dangerous challenges and pranks. YouTube is home to many beloved viral challenges and pranks, but we need to make sure what’s funny doesn’t cross the line into also being harmful or dangerous. We’ve updated our external guidelines to make it clear that we prohibit challenges presenting a risk of serious danger or death, and pranks that make victims believe they’re in serious physical danger, or cause children to experience severe emotional distress. Read more in this Dangerous Challenges & Pranks FAQ.
We know transparent communication is important, so we’re announcing these changes today alongside a “grace period” to allow time to review the updates and make changes to your content.
In the following two months as we ramp up enforcement, content that violates our Community Guidelines related to custom thumbnails, external links, challenges, and pranks will be removed but the channel will not receive a strike. Content that was posted prior to these enforcement updates may be removed, but will not receive a strike.
Community Manager, TeamYouTube
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