Sunday, December 4, 2022

How to Report a YouTube Channel (Easy Method)

It is safe to say that YouTube has become an integral part of our lifestyle. Not only that, but it is one of the largest search engines in the world. Whether it is endless beauty tutorials, food channels, product reviews, unboxing videos, or gaming channels, there’s a wide variety of content to choose from. 

But there’s a good chance that you have come across content that is not in your best interests or is inappropriate. YouTube becomes less enjoyable when you see creators releasing abusive or misleading content. In such a scenario, you can take the charge and report the channel immediately. 

Let’s see in this article how to report a YouTube channel!

How to Report a YouTube Channel 2022

The violation of guidelines is not new to YouTube. There are multiple reasons why a channel can get caught on the YouTube Guideline’s radar. 

Here’s how to report a YouTube channel in 2022:

  1. Open YouTube, and sign in to your account.
  2. Browse the channel you wish to report and click on the channel name.
  3. Go to their About section.
  4. Click on the flag icon just below the channel stats.
  5. From the expanded menu box, click on the Report User option.
  6. A list of reasons will appear in a window, select the option that best fits your issue. 
  7. Click on the Next button.
  8. Fill in more details if required or else click on Continue.
  9. Lastly, Click the Submit button. 

How to Report a YouTube Channel For Being Under 13

Social media platforms like YouTube, Facebook, and Snapchat restrict children under 13 from using their services because of COPPA (Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act). However, you can see from a quick search that many kids have their own channels. And many of them have thousands of subscribers, too. If the channel is set up with the parent’s consent, and under their surveillance by giving only the creative control to the kid, it won’t be as much of a problem. 

However, if there is something that concerns you about a particular channel for being under 13, you can report it. 

How to Report A YouTube Channel For Copyright

It is a common sight nowadays, especially on YouTube, that people tend to reuse the content you have uploaded without your permission. But when you create something new, you certainly do not want anyone else to take credit for it, right? 

If you have been through a similar situation, here’s how you can report a YouTube channel for copyright infringement:

  1. First and foremost, log in to your YouTube channel.
  2. Now, open the video against which you want to report.
  3. Click on the flag icon which reads Report.
  4. A box will appear, and from the given options, select infringing my copyright.
  5. Fill in other options accordingly, and click on submit a copyright complaint.
  6. Finally, fill out the form that appears on your page.

Copyright is a moral right. Even though it is true that development is made based on already existing ideas, there should be fair usage of someone else’s creation. 

What Happens When You Report Someone on YouTube?

Now that you have understood how to report a YouTube channel, you may be wondering what happens when you report someone on YouTube. It depends upon what type of report that is. 

Flagging

YouTube allows its users to flag the content that they feel is inappropriate. But it does not necessarily mean that the video will be taken down. Flagged videos are submitted to the YouTube moderators for a thorough review. The video will be taken down only if it violates any of the guidelines by YouTube. However, the user who uploaded the video will be notified that their video is flagged and under review. 

Reporting

If you want to call out a specific video, you can do it by reporting that video directly to YouTube. A video can be reported for a clear violation of YouTube guidelines and activities such as cyberbullying, threats, spam, or age-inappropriate content. If the YouTube team confirms the violation, further actions are taken.

Copyright

If any video is found to be violating copyright, it can be flagged and will be reviewed by the YouTube team. 

Strikes

In case of a serious violation, the video is taken down. Regardless, YouTube does not ban users permanently. YouTube has two types of strikes: Community guidelines and Copyright strikes. After receiving a Guidelines strike, the first strike is a warning, and the second strike in the 6-month period comes with a prohibition to upload videos for 2 weeks. A third strike in the same period leads to termination.

Copyright strikes restrict the users to access some of the site features. They are permanently removed only after receiving three strikes within a 6-month period. 

Termination of Account

If an account is noticed to be creating severe violations, it can be terminated directly by YouTube without any strikes or warnings. 

How Many Reports to Get Banned on YouTube

If any account releases videos that are against the guidelines given by YouTube or cause severe violations, then YouTube holds the authority to ban the account. 

A YouTube channel is terminated after it gets three Community Guideline strikes in the 90 days period, or if it creates some serious violations of the guidelines. 

YouTube Reporting History

YouTube takes the help of the user flags to determine whether any channel has violated the Community Guidelines or not.

To check the status of your Report History, follow these steps:

  1. Log in to your account on YouTube.
  2. Find Report History in the left side panel and click on it.

The status of the videos you’ve reported will be described as follows:

Live– Videos are either not reviewed or YouTube does not approve of them causing any violation.

Removed- Video is removed from YouTube

Restricted- Video has been placed in a restricted section, for e.g age restriction or limited features

How to Report A Youtube Channel For Animal Abuse

There are channels on YouTube that release disturbing videos, especially where animals are abused and harassed. In such a case, you can report that particular video to YouTube.

FAQs: How to Report a YouTube Channel

How do I delete someone else’s YouTube channel?

It is not possible to delete someone else’s content on YouTube. But you can still report or flag the channel/video to YouTube in case it is inappropriate. If the violation is confirmed by YouTube, it is either struck or removed. 

How many reports does it take to delete a YouTube channel?

It takes 3 Community Guidelines strikes within the 9-month period or any serious violation of guidelines to get the YouTube channel deleted from the site.

How do you get a YouTube video taken down?

A YouTube video can be taken down only by YouTube. This can be initiated by either reporting the particular video or flagging the channel that creates inappropriate content or causes copyright issues. You can get a YouTube video taken down by reporting it from your account. The steps for the same are mentioned above in this article.

How long does it take for YouTube to respond to a report?

There is no particular time schedule within which the report will be reviewed. 

How many reports does it take to delete a YouTube channel?

Within a 90-day period, if you get 3 Community or Copyright strikes, the account will be terminated. 

To Sum up

With this step-by-step guide about how to report a YouTube channel, I hope now it will be easier for you to report a channel that is disturbing your user experience on YouTube by creating inappropriate content. If you have any more queries in this matter, do write to us in the comments!

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Saakshi Kathe
Saakshi Kathe
Saakshi is a content writer, graphic designer, and digital marketer. She is a postgraduate in Journalism and Mass Communication, and currently pursuing her dream of storytelling with a pen and a lens, in between handling the multitudinous demands of adult life.

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