YouTube revamps Strike rules, intensifies punitive action

Technology

San Francisco, Feb 20  Google-owned video sharing platform YouTube has revamped its community guidelines and after almost a decade, updated its Strike rules.

“Starting February 25, all channels will receive a one-time warning the first time they post content that crosses the line, with no penalties to their channel except for the removal of that content,” the YouTube team wrote in a blog-post on Tuesday. 

Under the new guidelines and Strike rules, the first strike would result in a one-week freeze on the ability to upload any new content to YouTube, including live streaming. The second strike in any 90-day period will result in a two-week freeze and the third strike would result in channel termination.

Moreover, the platform is expanding its policy resources aiming to provide more details about what behaviour could result in a strike.

“We always want to make it clear why a strike occurred, hence we’re making our email and desktop notifications clearer to provide more details on which policy was violated,” the post said. 

YouTube is also adding new mobile and in-product notifications to highlight important information on strikes. 

“Our strikes system is an important way for us to help creators and artists understand when they’ve crossed the line by uploading content that undermines that goal. We’ll build on this and all the progress we’ve made over the last year by continuing to consult with you as we strengthen enforcement and update our policies,” the post added. 

Copyright strikes will continue to be issued when YouTube receives legal requests from rights holders, will not offer a warning strike and follow the company’s separate penalty system detailed on the copyright strike page. Copyright strikes and community guideline strikes also don’t overlap, so a user with one community guidelines strike and two copyright strikes won’t see their channel closed, The Verge reported. 

Over the past years, several times YouTube algorithms have received heat for not properly optimising content on the platform and not tightening its grip around creators and influencers who post or push controversial content on the app which is easily accessible to the masses. 

This policy modification announcement from YouTube comes after the video-sharing platform was accused of irresponsibly exposing minors to videos with questionable content and comments. 

With over two billion users globally, YouTube is one of Google’s most popular services used worldwide and a volume of 400 hours of video content is posted on the platform every minute. – IANS

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