YouTube updates channel strike system with one-time warning and more consistent punishments

YouTube is overhauling its community guidelines with a new system for warning channels that break the rules. The new system is meant to be clearer and more consistent. It’s also the first time in nearly a decade that YouTube has updated the strike rules.

The biggest change is a new warning strike that YouTube will start issuing on February 25th. After a channel’s first rule violation, YouTube will issue a “one-time warning” with no penalty, except for removing the offending content. “This is to make sure everyone takes the time to learn about our Community Guidelines,” YouTube says.

After the one-time warning, YouTube’s existing three-strike system kicks in. As before, strikes come with escalating penalties, but they’ll reset if a…

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