For the first time since 2010, YouTube has started the process of updating its three-strikes policy. This is all in an effort to maintain consistency and simplification across the whole community.
On Tuesday, YouTube announced in a blog post changes to its strikes system as it applies to content flagged for violating the company’s Community Guidelines. Starting February 25th, the first time a creator’s content is flagged, they will get a one-time warning and their flagged content will be removed. The first strike will be a one-week channel freeze that will include live-streaming, uploads, and any other YouTube content. The second strike will result in a two-week channel freeze. And ultimately a third strike will result in a complete user removal from the platform. This is a significant change to the platform’s previous policy: the 1st strike would result in a 90-90 freeze on live-streaming, followed by a two-week freeze on all uploads for the second strike.
YouTube explains: “Although 98% of you never break our Community Guidelines, they are vital to making YouTube a strong community and balancing freedom of expression with the freedom to belong. That’s why—from our earliest days—we’ve relied on a three-strikes system and email notices to give everyone a chance to review and understand what went wrong before they face more severe consequences. And it works: 94% of those who do receive a first strike never get a second one.”
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