YouTube refuses to restore removed videos – even after multiple appeals

YouTube released its new Community Guidelines enforcement report where they stated their ‘reinstating’ policy for removed videos. According to the report, the company received nearly 110,000 appeals from creators who had their videos taken down for various reasons. However, the video streaming app reinstated less than a quarter of the videos.

YouTube revealed that it removed more than 5 million videos between the months of October 2019 and December 2019. They also highlighted that they received around 109,000 appeals for the removed videos from which they reinstated 23,000 videos.

The Google-owned company further explained their policies and said that most of the videos were removed automatically while 60% of the videos were removed even before they had any views. The report also says that over 2 million channels were removed from which majority were considered as spam.

According to the report, more than 50% of the videos that were removed were for spam content, 15% to enhance child safety, and 13% for containing nudity and sexual content. The report also said that roughly 33,000 videos were removed because of cyberbullying and harassment.

Interestingly, the report did not include any data of videos that was taken down because of copyright infringement – one of the most predominant issues faced by creators in recent times.


YouTube says that they allow creators to appeal their decisions and the company would oblige if they found the appeals to be lawful. However, YouTube’s appeal process is quite confusing and creators have repeatedly asked for more transparency in this regard.

In their response, YouTube says that they are trying to be more receptive to their creators and will continue to do so through various reports in the coming months.


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