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YouTube Renews Strike Rules, Intensifies Punitive Action

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

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The YouTube Music app is displayed on a mobile phone in Los Angeles. VOA

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.

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“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.

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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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New YouTube Update Helps Creators Address Copyright Issues

It's now easier for YouTube creators to address copyright issues

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YouTube has updated its Studio Dashboard so that users can now have a clearer view of which videos contain copyrighted material. Pixabay

In a bid to make things easier for creators when dealing with copyright issues, YouTube has updated its Studio Dashboard so that users can now have a clearer view of which videos contain copyrighted material and have the option to quickly removing the offending sections.

The videos tab shows a new column called “Restrictions,” which lets creators quickly see which uploads are affected.

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This update by YouTube has made it easier for creators to deal with copyright issues. Pixabay

Clicking through shows details like which parts of the video contain the offending media, who initiated the claim and who owns the copyrighted content. If the claim is for a piece of music, the user can replace or mute the track, Engadget reported on Friday.

Notably, copyright disputes between creators and music labels or third-party companies are a consistent problem on the video sharing platform.

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This update will help creators keep their videos monetised, but it doesn’t address the underlying issue, the report added. (IANS)