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Channel hit with a strike, appeal rejected despite being cleared in the past. 1 Recommended Answer 430 Replies 209 Upvotes
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Don't know if Youtube has an algorithm dealing with reports or what it is, but the system makes no sense. A few of my videos have been reported (bogus reports probably made by competitors) in the past and when/if the appeal was rejected, I turned to Youtube's trusted flaggers for help. This always led to the videos being reinstated since there is nothing in violation of the policy. If there was, ALL videos in the gambling category of videos would be removed and obviously there is no ban on gambling videos on Youtube. Youtube seems to think my links are affiliate links, but they are not. These are links to my personal website. Same as probably hundreds of thousands of other gambling videos on Youtube. So what's left to do now when Youtube have removed the trust flaggers? Just accept that I have just had one of my appeals wrongly rejected? :(
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Hi. I don't use a link-shortener. The videos are all highlights of online slots. Basically just big wins. A recording of a virtual slot machine. It's impossible trying to figure out what the violation is because these strikes are so unpredictable. All my videos are the same, follow the same structure. No external links to any gambling sites, only to my own website. I use a disclaimer, 18+, gamble responsibly in all my videos. No foul language or speech at all. Yet, one video appears to be chosen randomly to receive a strike and then nothing for a few months, and then suddenly out of the blue another one. I know some of the biggest channels in the gambling category and have talked to them. Some of these channels have no problems at all, whilst others get pushed around by Youtube on a weekly basis. Again, it doesn't make any sense because these are all slots videos of more or less the same slot machines. There are even big casino streamers who have affiliate links in their description and get away with it month after month.

If gambling is the problem, then surely Youtube would ban and close all these channels but that doesnt seem to be the case. Instead they go after some channels randomly it seems. Again, makes no sense at all.

My theory is that groups of people organize to report these videos, or possibly competitors, and that the people at Youtube are not really bothering to look into the matter. It's easier to just reject an appeal. Back when I could get help from the trusted flaggers, the videos were always reinstated so that would suggest there was indeed nothing wrong with the videos. If the video was rightfully removed, then all gambling videos on Youtube should be removed because my video is no different to all the other hundreds of thousands of slots videos out there.
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For some reason, which has not been communicated to me, the video has now been reinstated and the strike has been changed to a warning instead. While happy, I also feel a bit confused. Moreover, it now says that "You're only warned once and this warning will remain on your channel." What exactly does this mean? I tried to find some information about warnings but couldn't find much. A strike is not a good thing to get obviously, but if a warning never goes away what does that mean for my channel?
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Hi, there is a full help page explaining the warning and strike system here

A warning is issued for your first minor content violation, and is designed to prevent people losing channel privileges for a simple violation that they may not have fully understood. Like the e-mail said, you only get one warning, so the second occurrence of a minor violation will go straight to strike 1 next time.
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Hi Mr J 8711. Thank you for explaining the system. It is very much appreciated and very helpful indeed. Wishing you a nice day.
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I do not understand what is going on
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