Social Media Marketing

How To Report A YouTube Channel?

Luvai Sabir
Luvai Sabir

You may decide to report a YouTube channel if someone is posting offensive or malicious content, but YouTube will probably not take its content down immediately.

You can report a YouTube channel anonymously, so you don't have to worry about the user or channel tracking the report back to you.

You can report a YouTube channel if someone is posting hateful or offensive content, but understand that it will take time since YouTube needs to review your report and see if the reported content violates the platform's community guidelines.

Here's all you need to know to report a YouTube channel on your computer or mobile device.

When it comes to the world wide web, there's a relatively simple idea that many people seem to forget.

To paraphrase Uncle Ben: With great power comes great responsibility. When people forget that and end up posting offensive content, you can report them and hopefully curb their behavior.

On YouTube, reporting is entirely anonymous, so you don't have to worry about any backlash or retaliation from the channel you have chosen to report. At the same time, reporting does not yield immediate results.

For instance, if you wish to report a video for inappropriate content, it wouldn't immediately have action taken against it. Someone must first review it and decide if the content truly goes against YouTube's community guidelines, changing often and always under scrutiny.

In some rare cases, a reported video can get hit with an age restriction to help ensure that it is not being viewed by those who are not mature enough to see it.

Here's what you need to do to report a YouTube channel.

How to Report a YouTube channel

This process is the same, whether you're on a computer or using an iPhone or Android. Here's how to do it:

  1. Go to youtube.com and log in to your account, if it's necessary.
  2. Visit the page of the channel you wish to report.
  3. Click on their "About" section.
  4. Under the Stats section, click the flag and select "Report User."

Alternatively, you can also report the channel banner or profile picture of the user from that flagging drop-down.

Or, if more appropriate, you can block specific videos to control what your kids watch, or you can also block specific channels to keep those users from commenting on your videos.

YouTube is pretty much one of the most widely used video streaming platforms around the world. You can watch videos ranging from tutorials of all things, funny videos and even get your news. 

Launched in 2005, the video-based content website has millions of channels you can subscribe to. As with all social media these days, you may issue the one you come across.

Suppose you have ever come across an inappropriate channel that violated YouTube's community guidelines. In that case, you might have probably wondered how you could help get that inappropriate content taken off the site. 

In this article, we shall review the details of Channel reporting so that you can let YouTube know when something is not right. 

YouTube Guidelines

YouTube Guidelines

YouTube's content is uploaded and provided by registered account users. Anyone can sign up, and it is because of this reason, the developers take a ton of care to make sure Channel owners only publish what they deem as 'appropriate content.' Before you report any and every channel you may disapprove of, consider YouTube's Content Guidelines first.

We have taken them directly from YouTube, so they are current as of January 2021. They constantly change, of course, so that you can check here for updates.

Many of these guidelines are in place to comply with local laws and regulations, while other policies are of the company's preference.

To keep things in line and prevent havoc, YouTube has maintained a strict content policy. The guidelines have definitely evolved over the years, and the current version prohibits the following:

Deceptive content or deemed as spam

Content that is considered 'Sensitive.'

Content that is 'Dangerous'

The sale and promotion of possibly illegal goods

These guidelines are somewhat vague and undefined to give YouTube some wiggle room in deciding which kinds of content to allow on the platform. 

YouTube has shared that they estimate that over 72 hours of videos get uploaded to the site every minute. To help filter all of this content, YouTube allows users to flag inappropriate content so that their staff can review it. 

Flagged videos are then reviewed 24/7 by YouTube's staff members for plenty of reasons. If you flag a video or someone has flagged your video, it does not necessarily mean YouTube will take it down. YouTube will only take down videos if they violate the guidelines. 

YouTube can flag videos for being explicit or inappropriate for all ages. Users who flag videos are kept anonymous, and the user who uploaded the video still gets notified that their video has been flagged and is under review.

Reporting

Users who feel that the flagging option is inadequate can report a video directly to YouTube. Reporting is much more severe than flagging a video. 

So, anyone who reports must ensure the report is due to a clear violation of the YouTube guidelines. Some common reasons for reporting include impersonations, spam or phishing videos, threats, cyberbullying, and even videos of death or injury.

Strikes

Content uploaders are not automatically banned from the site if their content gets removed. Instead, YouTube creates community guidelines or copyright strikes -- both have their separate strike counts. 

When a user gets a guideline strike, the first strike is a warning. The second strike in the same six-month period will restrict the user from uploading anything for two weeks. The third strike in that same period will result in termination. 

Users don't receive a strike if the content gets removed for their safety. Copyright strikes may limit a YouTube user's access to features on the site, but they get only released after three strikes within six months. Users with copyright strikes also have to take a course in YouTube's Copyright School to remove their strikes.

Account Terminations

YouTube has complete authority to terminate user accounts. Once terminated, the user is not allowed to use or even create any additional YouTube accounts. 

YouTube can immediately terminate users with many violations against guidelines or the site's terms of service if a video gets reported for severe abuse, like predatory behavior, etc. YouTube can terminate an account immediately. YouTube can also remove YouTube videos reported for harassment, impersonation, and hatred without strikes or warning.

Conclusion

YouTube is pretty efficient about filtering out inappropriate elements, but it's up to the audience to let YouTube know when there is a problem they may have missed. Stay safe and keep helping keep the web's biggest tube site safe for others.

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