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Hi everybody,

You can find below some FAQs regarding the recent updates about the External links Policy Enforcement.

Any external sites you link to from YouTube must follow our Community Guidelines. Adding links to external sites that egregiously violate our policies will now result in a Community Guidelines strike. For example, external websites you link to that include pornography or malware. Receiving three strikes in 90 days will result in account termination. Learn more about Community Guidelines strikes.

Q: What is changing with how YouTube enforces external link violations?
While nothing is changing with our policy on what site you can and can’t link to, egregious violations may now result in a Community Guidelines strike. As part of our efforts to ramp up enforcement, we’ve also been growing our review teams and using technology to flag more content to them for review.
Q: What is an egregious external link violation?
Examples: external sites that link to pornography or malware.  
Q: What happens if my external link is removed?
If the video does not violate our policies, then only the link will be removed and the video will remain on YouTube. You’ll receive an email notification with the option to appeal the removal.
Q: How will I know if I receive a strike due to external link violations?
If a strike is issued, you'll get an email and see an alert in your Channel Settings the next time you sign in to YouTube. You can appeal the strike if you think the site you link to doesn’t violate Community Guidelines.

Q: What happens if I receive multiple external links violations?

Egregious violations will lead to a strike on your account. If you upload new videos that contain links to sites that include porn, malware, or spam, you will receive a strike. If your account receives 3 Community Guidelines strikes within a three-month period, your account will be terminated. Learn more about what happens if you receive a strike.
Q: Can I appeal strikes related to external link violations?
Yes, you can appeal the strike if you think the site you link to doesn’t violate Community Guidelines.

Q: How long is the “grace period” for me to review and clean up content?
The next two months – during this time external links that violates Community Guidelines will be removed but the channel will not receive a strike. Additionally, external links posted prior to these enforcement updates may be removed, but will not receive a strike. We recommend reviewing external links across your videos to make sure they follow our Community Guidelines.

Q: I posted a link to a site that unlocks prizes or content to my audience in exchange for subscribing, liking, viewing my content on YouTube. The URL on my video was removed. Why? 
A: We don’t allow linking to sites that solely aim to drive up subscriptions or other engagement metrics (views, likes…) through external contests or other means. Since that's the case with this site, it would be removed for violating our external links policy.

Hope this helps!

Community Manager, TeamYouTube
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