What is an education-based approach to policy violations of YouTube?
YouTube is implementing a new approach to its policy enforcement actions. YouTube is launching training courses for creators who violate specific platform policies instead of applying a strike to their channel.
What is the new approach?
The new approach aims to help educate creators instead of punishing them. It could create a more understanding and collaborative-based process.
Well, for users and creators that take in the learnings provided and that it is in the real sense.
What does YouTube say about this?
YouTube says that from today or Tuesday-29th August onwards, creators can take an educational training course when they receive a Community Guidelines warning.
These resources will provide new ways for creators to understand how they can avoid uploading content that violates our policies in the future.
What happens after the completion of the course?
Completing the course will lift the warning from the creator’s channel if they don’t violate the same policy for 90 days.
The last point is key. Until now, any violating video would be removed, and a lifetime warning or strike used to be applied to the channel.
YouTube will still remove violative content under this new policy. Still, it will also give creators more opportunity to clear their name and record to avoid additive penalties such as three strikes, and you are out.
What does YouTube say about this new policy?
YouTube says that it designed each training course to provide creators with more clarity about the type of content that violates its policies.
According to YouTube, if a creator avoids breaching the same rule for 90 days, the initial strike will be removed, but if a creator falls foul of the same direction again within those 90 days, they will retain the penalty.
If the creator violates the same policy after 90 days, YouTube will remove the video and issue another warning. The creator will have the option of taking a new training course after that.
What more the new approach of YouTube will implement?
The new approach will also implement individual warnings for each specific policy violation against a single notice for all offenses.
It means more opportunities to learn why their content might have crossed the line, and they can also take multiple learning courses simultaneously.
YouTube notes that this update does not change its Community Guidelines or standards. The current three-strikes approach will remain, but creators will now have more opportunities to appeal and clarify while also getting more insight into the specifics of its rules.
It is a very good approach. YouTube is trying to implement a more collaborative approach than a punitive system. It will help more YouTube creators better understand and interpret key platform rules.
YouTube’s three-strikes system has long been a point of contention for many creators. Hence, this new system will provide more insight and opportunity. It is a better process overall.
What happens if creators want to avoid paying attention or taking courses?
And if creators want to refrain from taking the courses or paying attention to the rules, they will still get punished.
It could also get annoying having to take the same course every three months; in the case of repeated violations, it will act as another disincentive element.
It will be interesting to see how the new process is applied in practice and whether it significantly reduces channel strikes.
When is the new approach coming into effect?
The new approach comes into effect on 29 August 2023.
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