We have removed your channel from YouTube – How to recover suspended YouTube Account

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Recently I received an email from YouTube saying that my channel has been removed from YouTube. The email subject said “We have removed your channel from YouTube“. The email further explained that they “found severe or repeated violations of our Community Guidelines“.  I was puzzled as I did not believe the content of my channel would have severe violations. After carefully going through all the message in the email, I submitted a review request.  Two days after submitting the review request, my was restored. So in this post, we will discuss what steps you can take and recover your suspended due to be count if in case it is removed from YouTube.

So if you have received a similar email from YouTube saying that your channel has been removed from YouTube then don't panic. Carefully go through the email and the violations mentioned in the email from YouTube, review the content that you have posted on your YouTube channel whether those are in compliance to the YouTube community guidelines and policy guidelines, and if you firmly believe that your channel would not violate those guidelines, then you can confidently submit every review request. And hopefully your channel will be restored.

Let's look at the email first – We have removed your channel from YouTube!

The full email looks like this:

Hi Techubber – Tech Blog,

We have reviewed your content and found severe or repeated violations of our Community Guidelines. Because of this, we have removed your channel from YouTube.

We know this is probably very upsetting news, but it's our job to make sure that YouTube is a safe place for all. If we think a channel severely violates our policies, we take it down to protect other users on the platformbut if you believe we've made the wrong call, you can appeal this decision. You'll find more information about the policy in question and how to submit an appeal below.

What our policy says

Spam, scams or commercially deceptive content are not allowed on YouTube.
Learn more

How this affects your channel

We have permanently removed your channel from YouTube. Going forward, you won't be able to access, possess, or create any other YouTube channels.

What you can do next

There are steps you can take if you want to appeal this decision:

Review YouTube's Community Guidelines.
Appeal here. Make sure to fill out the appeal form as completely as possible, including your channel URL: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCT2nrfKGj9vr1euKWutCWZQ

If you have any further questions, please feel free to reach out to us here.

Sincerely,
The YouTube team

Steps you can take if your channel has been removed

1) Review your content for non-compliances

If you have received any email from YouTube saying that your channel has been removed because of non compliance to the YouTube guidelines, the first next step that you need to take is to review your content on your YouTube channel. Check whether your content are in compliance to the YouTube policy guidelines.  This is important because if you submit the review appeal while your content are not in compliance to the policy guidelines, then there are high chances that you are review appeal will be rejected.

As per the YouTube policy, the violations are broadly categorized into:

  • Spam & deceptive practices
  • Sensitive content
  • Violent or dangerous content
  • Regulated goods
  • Misinformation policies

If your content falls into any of these categories then you need to review your videos before you submit your appeal. If you think some of your content may not be in compliance, then may be you need to remove some of those videos and submit review appeal.

2) Submit the review appeal

suspended-youtube-channel-appeal-formAfter carefully reviewing your content on your channel, if you believe that your content does not violate the YouTube policy guidelines then you can submit review appeal. The link for submission of the review appeal should be included in the email from YouTube. Click on it appeal form link in the email. The form looks like this.

In the appeal form you need to provide your full name, your email address, email address for contact, URL of the suspended YouTube Channel, and brief explanation why you think your channel was suspended in error. The text box provided for the explanation allows only 1000 characters. So you draft your review message precisely.

In my case, my channel is a tutorial video channel and I believe there were no such violations as stated in the YouTube guidelines, therefore, I reviewed some of the videos but I did not have to remove any videos. I just submitted the review appeal stating the fact, and that there could have been some error.

3) Wait for response email from YouTube.

After submitting the review appeal to YouTube using the form , all you have to do now is wait for a response from YouTube. In some cases, the response from YouTube may be delayed, so just be patient. If required, you may also keep a screenshot of the review response and tag YouTube on Twitter etc., though there is no guarantee that you will receive a faster response that way. In my case I received a response email from YouTube within 2 days of submission of the review appeal.

Luckily for me the response email from YouTube was positive, mentioning that the channel has been restored on YouTube.

The email looks like this:

Hi Techubber – Tech Blog,

We have reviewed your appeal for the following:

Channel: Techubber – Tech Tips

After taking another look, we can confirm that your channel does not violate our Community Guidelines.

Thanks for your patience while we reviewed this appeal. Our goal is to make sure content doesn't violate our Community Guidelines so that YouTube can be a safe place for all – and sometimes we make mistakes trying to get it right. We're sorry for any frustration our mistake caused you, and we appreciate you letting us know.

How this affects your channel

To make this right, we've put your channel back up on YouTube.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to reach out to us here.

Thanks,
The YouTube team

Finally –

By comparing the initial email mentioning that the channel was removed due to ‘repeated and severe violations‘ and then the post review email from YouTube mentioning that the no violations were found, it is puzzling what triggers the removal of YouTube channel. If there were violations found, then it should be so. But what is surprising is that a channel is removed from YouTube stating that ‘repeated and severe violations‘ were found, but later after review, there were no violations found.

But in the post review email, it is stated ‘sometimes we make mistakes…‘. So, may be it is just that – mistake.

So if you are genuine, and the content on your YouTube channel are in compliance to the guidelines, most probably YouTube will restore your channel even if removed by mistake. If not, you should review your content for any non-compliance and submit the appeal again.

For me, my YouTube Channel is small – I upload some tutorial videos which are also shared on my blog post to supplement. It did not really matter that much whether removed or not except that the YouTube videos would be missing in the blog posts too. But for other YouTubers heavily replying on YouTube as a means of earning, then it may give someone a heart attack.

 

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