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YouTube temporarily increasing automated content review

YouTube announced today that because of reductions in in-office staffing, they are temporarily increasing reliance on automated systems to flag content.
Our Community Guidelines enforcement today is based on a combination of people and technology: Machine learning helps detect potentially harmful content and then sends it to human reviewers for assessment. As a result of the new measures we’re taking, we will temporarily start relying more on technology to help with some of the work normally done by reviewers. This means automated systems will start removing some content without human review, so we can continue to act quickly to remove violative content and protect our ecosystem, while we have workplace protections in place.
This means that there may be more incorrect content removals for Community Guidelines violations. YouTube says that they will not issue strikes "except in cases where we have high confidence that it’s violative."

Update August 25, 2020: YouTube has released their April-June 2020 transparency report for Community Guidelines enforcement. Video removals have doubled, but appeals are more successful. This "temporary" change is ongoing (as is the virus).

Note that if you are producing coronavirus-related content, YouTube may remove it if it discourages people from seeking medical treatment, or promotes harmful "remedies".  And some content may not be available from YouTube search, on the YouTube homepage, or in recommendations.

Some, but not all, channels can monetize coronavirus-related content.

Update March 20, 2020: There will also be delays reviewing channel applications for the YouTube Partner Program.

How to appeal a Community Guidelines strike

If you believe your content was incorrectly flagged or removed, you can submit an appeal. Just bear in mind that fewer human reviewers means that there may be a delay in reviewing your content.

Note that if you delete the video with the strike, you will not be able to submit an appeal.

1. Before doing anything else, review the Community Guidelines policies. Be realistic as to whether your video actually violated YouTube policy.

2. Sign in to your YouTube channel and open YouTube Studio (

3. Select the Channel Violations card

4. Find the affected video and select APPEAL

You can also submit an appeal from Classic YouTube Studio from the status and features page.

YouTube may reinstate the video if it finds it did not actually violate policy. In some cases, the reinstated video may have an age-restriction. 

If your video is not reinstated, it may result in a warning. If your channel has already had a warning, the first strike means no uploads, live streams, custom thumbnails, or playlist editing for one week. A second strike within 90 days will extend those limits for two weeks. Third strike and your channel is terminated.

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