Youtube to Change Their Community Strike Policies

Youtube to Change Their Community Strike Policies

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Lonnie Henderson started this petition to Google, Inc

We are a small Youtube channel with only 1,200 subscribers.  For two years, Untitled Nerd Network has run a fun, clean YOutube channel specializing in game streams, unboxings, and TV/movie reviews.

On October 10, 2018, we were planning a stream of Destiny 2.  We started a live stream and got everyone excited in the chat about the game.  However, my online gaming partner had to install an update and we had to stop the video and begin with a new game and new stream.  Once we stopped the stream, Youtube gave us a community strike and ended our live streaming privileges until either our appeal was heard and approved or until three months has passed.  The reason?  Our small, twenty minute video was misleading, as it was advertised as Destiny 2 but had no gameplay within.  For that, we are unable to live stream for a minimum of four weeks or a maximum of three whole months.

This is unacceptable.  In just four weeks, our traffic has plummeted.  We had just been partnered and were begining to make money to fun our channel.  Our subscriptions have begun to fall in number and it is all because of a misunderstanding, something for which we SHOULD NOT have been punished.

Our simple solution is this... if Youtube can immediately strike a channel, they should be able to immediately hear an appeal.  We did nothing wrong, but are still being punished for it, even if they hear our appeal and find us innocent of wrongdoing.  The damage is done already, and it'll likely take weeks or months to get our audience back to our pre-strike numbers.

There is no reason a channel should have to wait four weeks for an appeal.  If something is wrong, they should still let us live stream until we are heard by the company.  I suggest offering a live chat support specifically for appeals to be heard.  Even if we'd have to wait a day, it's still better than four weeks.  I cannot imagine how we would have been affected if we actually made our living from our channel.

Join with us and urge Youtube to create a better system for its creators that it claims to care so much about!

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