Saturday, 19 April 2008

YouTube Policy Enforcement Changes

We are very excited to announce some big changes to our policy enforcement systems. Having clear rules and fair consequences are genuinely important to us and these improvements have been a long time coming.



STRIKES THAT EXPIRE



It didn't seem fair that a user who uploads three videos that violate the Community Guidelines over the span of a year was being treated the same as someone who uploads those same videos over the course of a week. To change this, we've made it so that violations are now rescinded after six months. Accounts that had one or two warnings (as of April 16, 2008) for Community Guidelines (or Terms of Use) violations have been given a clean slate and are going forward under the new system, too!



Note that this does not apply to copyright claims, which don't expire and are not being cleared.



NEW NOTIFICATIONS



It used to be that if a video was removed for violating the Community Guidelines or due to a claim of copyright infringement, the user would be sent a notice via email. But these notices sometimes get caught by spam filters or go unread. The new system also displays the notice on YouTube the next time they access the site.



MUTING ACCOUNTS



We are experimenting with ways of correcting some types of abusive behaviour that aren't as harsh or as permanent as suspending users. What we've come up with is to temporarily mute users, so that they can still use the site and watch videos, but they can't post new content. Right now it is set up to affect users who have two Community Guidelines warnings in a six-month period and will last two weeks. Let us know what you think, if it works well we may expand it to help address other kinds of abuse as well.



These are just a few of the first visible changes made to the way these things work. There is a lot of work being done behind the scenes to continue to improve upon them. We look forward to your feedback and further enhancing the safety and experience of the YouTube community.



For more information, please see our new Help Centre article on General Policy Enforcement Information.



The YouTube Team

23 comments:

SambaDisaWinner said...

Very good idea! I'm glad that you guys are viewing things from the community's point of view.

JDM525 said...

I agree with SambaDisa,

Thankyou YouTube for thinking of the community.

Razzer64 said...

And thank YOU for screwing up a member's homepage.
*Still wants a 'classic view' link.

Dougallz369 said...

Very good, but my old account came under that category (dougall369) which by the way was a lot better than my current account. You deleted because of two copywright infringement but they were well over a year apart, i gave you my old username and i was deleted by you on 13/03/2008. Please could you review your decision, PLEASE!!

PoetryCarvedInFlesh said...

Dougallz369?
YT will not review or think things through
this"copyright"rule is a joke,if i buy(and i do)a cd/dvd ect and rip and upload to YT-i SHOULD-i bought it with my own money,this copyright crap is peoples way of controlling what we own,we may not sing the song or anything to do with them-but we buy them-hents we should do what we want with them,we make this site popular and what it is.you don't you just gave us tools to use and WE make this site so I will upload what i want of mine......if you have a problem with that......delete me now!!!!i will not stand for your crap!!!!you guys have NO RIGHT to say i/we can't upload our BOGHT songs/vids ect....

PoetryCarvedInFlesh said...

Dougallz369?
YT will not review or think things through
this"copyright"rule is a joke,if i buy(and i do)a cd/dvd ect and rip and upload to YT-i SHOULD-i bought it with my own money,this copyright crap is peoples way of controlling what we own,we may not sing the song or anything to do with them-but we buy them-hents we should do what we want with them,we make this site popular and what it is.you don't you just gave us tools to use and WE make this site so I will upload what i want of mine......if you have a problem with that......delete me now!!!!i will not stand for your crap!!!!you guys have NO RIGHT to say i/we can't upload our BOGHT songs/vids ect....

wanksy said...

YouTube continue to allow RAPE scene to be watched and posted
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cv9jl296bjc
http://www.youtube.com/user/theprodigyrocks
YouTube = YouRape

shame on you we have flagged this film since last week and it now has 7,000 views
YouTube sucks

wanksy said...

YouTube is responsible for spreading images where women are violated beaten and raped and YouTube allow men to post vile comments about what they would do to any poor female who fell into their hands.
YouTube=YouRape

taragolden said...

thanks for the work.. i appreciate these new improvemnts..

LordofthePort said...

Sounds good. Giving us defined rules will definitely make things clearer.

LordofthePort said...

Also, how about cracking down on people with misleading tags/titles/descriptions/thumbnails. It's so annoying when you search for things and the same videos keep popping that are in no way connected to the topic.

I'm fed up of all these videos with attractive birds in the thumbnails or sex related titles that appear on the "most active videos" section. We've all seen them. AthenWins annoys the hell out of me for doing this all the time.

SoumynonAAA said...

GIVE MARK BUNKER HIS ACCOUNT BACK, NOW.

SoumynonAAA said...

GIVE MARK BUNKER HIS ACCOUNT BACK, NOW.

SoumynonAAA said...

GIVE MARK BUNKER HIS ACCOUNT BACK, NOW.

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I agree with SambaDisa, Thankyou YouTube for thinking of the community.

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I agree with SambaDisa, Thankyou YouTube for thinking of the community.

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Great to see youtube is looking out!

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