YouTube channel suspended – what to do?

When someone marks your YouTube channel by clicking the flag icon in the bottom right corner of the video primary info bar, your channel will get temporarily blocked until reviewed by YouTube staff.

Canagon manages YouTube channels and Ads for some of our customers. From time to time, some accounts get banned. Someone will always mark your content as harmful, whether it is by a mistake or your competition having fun, it will happen sooner or later.

Timeline real world example:

Notification of suspensionYour YouTube account ****** has been suspended.10:55
Appeal confirmationWe have received your account appeal and will get back to you as soon as possible.11:15
UnsuspensionWe have concluded that it is not in violation of our Terms of Service.12:20

The whole process may take only a few hours, as you can see, we did appeal 20 minutes after the suspension. Make sure you act fast if you are about to start a live stream or if you are planning an advertising campaign.

E-mail message similar to this one will land in the account owner’s inbox:

We’d like to inform you that due to repeated or severe violations of our Community Guidelines (https://www.youtube.com/t/community_guidelines) your YouTube account * has been suspended.

After review we determined that activity in your account violated our Community Guidelines, which prohibit spam, scams or commercially deceptive content (https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/2801973?hl=en).

Please be aware that you are prohibited from accessing, possessing, or creating any other YouTube accounts. For more information about account terminations and how our Community Guidelines are enforced, please visit our Help Center.

If you would like to appeal the suspension, please submit this form.

If this happened to you for the first time, your channel will be probably blocked right away. Don’t panic, just appeal the suspension by submitting the Unable to access a Google product form.

When someone marked your video or channel, they get one of the following choices to narrow down why your content is being reported:

  • Sexual content
  • Violent or repulsive content
  • Hateful or abusive content
  • Imminent physical harm
  • Harmful or dangerous acts
  • Child abuse
  • Promotes terrorism
  • Spam or misleading
  • Infringes my rights
  • Captions issue

Flagged videos and users are reviewed by YouTube staff 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to determine whether they violate Community Guidelines. Accounts are penalized for Community Guidelines violations, and serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination. Report channel Please also contact law enforcement if you believe that someone is in immediate danger.

Before you click on the Unable to access a Google product form and begin with your appeal, review your content, and make sure you don’t violate YouTube policies like the Community Guidelines and copyright policies.

When you proceed, you will get to the appeal form, make your case, be specific and short. Just briefly explain why you think your channel was suspended in error.

To make your case move faster, be short, specific, include your channel URL that begins with https://www.youtube.com/channel/*, and act as soon as you are sure your content is not in violation of YouTube rules.

The appeal form looks similar to this one:

Unable to access a Google product

If you believe that your access to a Google product has been suspended in error for the account noted below, please provide the requested information. If this is not the correct account, please try logging in again. We’ll follow up with you only if we require more information or we have additional information to share.

Your full name *
Email address you use to sign in to your YouTube channel *
Email address we can use to contact you *
URL of your suspended YouTube channel *

Please briefly explain why you think your channel was suspended in error. Be sure to review YouTube’s Community Guidelines before submitting your appeal. Please note: If your appeal involves one or more private videos, by submitting this request you are explicitly giving permission for our reviewers to view your private video content. *

Shortly after submitting your form, you will get appeal receipt confirmation.

Hello,

We have received your account appeal and will get back to you as soon as possible.

Sincerely,
The YouTube Team

If your case appeal is successful, you will get confirmation on Unsuspension:

Hi there,

After a review of your account, we have confirmed that your YouTube account is not in violation of our Terms of Service. As such, we have unsuspended your account. This means your account is once again active and operational.

If you forgot your password, please visit this link to reset it:
https://accounts.google.com/RecoverAccount?Email=****.plusgoogle.com&fpOnly=1&hl=en&service=youtube

Sincerely,
The YouTube Team

If your content is OK, the whole process takes few hours.

Share your thoughts and experiences with YouTube in the comments.

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