How to report a YouTube channel – When someone has really crossed the line

If you think a certain YouTube channel has really crossed the line, it’s okay to report that channel. Just don’t misuse this procedure to cause harm to someone who is innocent in YouTubing activities – even if they might be your deadly enemy. So here we come up with an ultimate post – How to report a YouTube channel.

When you visit a channel’s homepage, you have an option to report/flag that channel. This option is supposed to be in the upper right corner. But now a days YouTubers are very smart, some are even cunning. These people may improvise their channel homepage in such a way that you may not find a direct way to report that channel. In that case, you should attempt to report any video on that channel. When you’re about to choose an option to report the video, you’ll get to see the little blue link saying ‘Report a channel’, you need to click on it then. You’ll now be directed to a page where you’ll get to see the following reporting options.

How to report a YouTube channel

Harassment and cyberbullying

If you think a certain channel/YouTube account is harassing you in a way, you can take actions against it. May be they have uploaded one or more videos with a view to harass you. May be they are harassing you in some other way, like mentioning you or your channel in various YouTube videos’ comment sections. Whatever it is, if you think they’re doing it illegally and you don’t deserve it, then you have to choose this option ‘Harassment and Cyberbullying’ while reporting that YouTube account/channel.

At this stage you may be asking as to what is cyberbullying. To put in simple terms, Cyberbullying is the practice of violating online rules, regulations and protocols. Or in other words, being inappropriate and indecent in language or actions or both towards someone in the virtual (internet-based) world is called cyberbullying. When someone uses the internet and/or any social media platform like Facebook, YouTube to harass you or let you down, this activity is actually cyberbullying. (This article is on How to report a YouTube channel)

To know more about ‘harassment and cyberbullying’ click on the following link. This one is provided by YouTube itself.


New YouTubers often try to make their channel look like an established/famous channel. That way they expect to draw more attention and viewers towards their YouTube channel. They often use confusing names for their channels, so general viewers get mixed up and end up being on their creepy channel/videos and have bad user experience. (This article is on How to report a YouTube channel)

Some people even use someone else’s logo and channel art, so that their channel looks like another’s. This practice is known as impersonation. If someone impersonates your channel or simply your YouTube account, then you can report them. When ‘impersonation’ is found by YouTube officials, they instantly terminate those channels.

Violent threats

I guess you all know what violent threats are, so no further explaining that, just an example may suffice here. A few days ago, I saw a Facebook video where a Bangladeshi expatriate was threatening the prime minister of the country, Sheikh Hasina with a sharp instrument in his hand. Now this is surely a perfect example of violent threats. I think nobody would do such thing on YouTube. But if someone even gets close doing that, their YouTube channel will certainly be terminated right after reporting. (This article is on How to report a YouTube channel)

Child Endangerment

I don’t want to give another example of child endangerment on this blog, as I already mentioned this in a previous article. You may go ahead and read that, link is given below. The ‘child abuse’ section describes the example I’m talking about.

How to report a YouTube video: In case you found infringing videos on YouTube

Hate speech against a protected group

Here ‘protected group’ means people who are already revered and respected by most. I can give you an example here, it’s about a publications company I worked for a couple of years. (This article is on How to report a YouTube channel)

Now if I mention that company’s name and describe how rudely they behaved with me, it might be considered a ‘hate speech’ against that company; because to most people of my country that company still has clean image. Here it really doesn’t matter whether I’m speaking truth or not, because YouTube is not a place for judgement or putting your personal opinion that might hurt at least a few people. YouTube is supposed to be a place for entertainment and education.

So the bottom line is that nobody is allowed to offer a hate speech here against anybody else. If ‘hate speech’es are found and reported, the channel is bound to be terminated. (This article is on How to report a YouTube channel)

Spam and scams: how to report a youtube channel

In August 2016, I uploaded a few videos on a newly created YouTube channel. Those videos were basically clips that showed what my nephew and niece did in a shopping mall and a park. As far as I’m concerned, YouTube is NOT a place for personal videos. If you upload just one or two personal videos on your YouTube account/channel, it might be okay. But when you upload a lot of personal videos on your YouTube account, it may be an issue. This is specially true if (somehow) many people find your videos useless and non-entertaining. If they choose to report your videos/channel as spam, it could be terminated overnight.

Now let me give an example of ‘scams’. I told you in a previous article that my first ever YouTube channel was suspended due to comment spamming. Well, I might be wrong about that. May be it was terminated because some people thought I showed ‘predatory behavior’. Then again, may be it was because a few people thought I adopted means of ‘scams’. Actually there was a ground for such assumption, I can’t exactly blame them for it. I hope you’re familiar with my comment on my YouTube videos that got my channel suspended.

The comment and the ‘scam’

‘Dear viewers, recently some people have been illegally uploading my videos on their channels. If you happen to find such a channel, be sure to report them. Such thieves and bandits should be banned from YouTube anyway.’

This was my common comment in the last few videos of my first ever YouTube channel. No sooner had I posted this comment in three or four of my videos than my channel got terminated. I guess people might have reported my channel for adopting unfair means aka scams. They thought I wanted to eliminate my competitors, that’s why I was urging them to report their channels, which was not the case actually. Still just think about it – I didn’t provide any proof that I had not sold my contents to other people.

Someone may argue that I previously had sold those videos to other people, or had granted permission to upload them. Now I had troubles with these people, so I decided to get their channels terminated one way or the other. Well, if I really had this sort of evil motive, I would be said to have adopted unfair means or scams. If you ever think a certain channel has adopted such scams, don’t feel hesitated to report it. (This article is on How to report a YouTube channel)

I could have gone through sub-sections as well, but that would make this post a 4000 words article. That’s why, I’d like to put an end to today’s post right here.

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How to report a YouTube video: In case you found infringing videos on YouTube

How to report a YouTube video

Today we shall learn how to report a YouTube video. First of all, you have to get to the lower portion of the video while watching it and click on the ‘Report’ button (if you are on a mobile device) or ‘More’ button (if you’re on PC). The ‘More’ button will lead you to the ‘Report’ option.

different options on how to report a YouTube video

Now you have to choose one of the few options put in front of you. We shall discuss each choice in a different section.

Sexual content

If you find a YouTube video to be sexually explicit and think it shouldn’t be on YouTube or at least should be age-restricted, then you can report it. Based on the number of reports submitted, the video might be removed from YouTube and a community guidelines strike imposed on the concerned channel. Remember that sexually explicit videos based on education like breastfeeding or female organ investigation don’t need to be reported. Even if you report, nothing will happen to them.

If you find such a video to be age-restricted, then you may watch the full video to find what’s wrong with it and then report. (You have to be an adult to watch this type of content). Videos with inappropriate content  or misleading metadata aimed to achieve artificial traffic should be removed from YouTube no matter what. (This post is on how to report a YouTube video)

Violent or repulsive content

If violent activities are recorded with camera and published on YouTube, they should be reported anyway. This is because such display may promote further violations. ‘Repulsive’ means something disgusting. If somebody records a video of garbage or someone doing a dirty activity like pissing on the roadside and then uploads on YouTube, it will be considered as repulsive content.

This type of thing is not only unwanted on YouTube, but also is disgusting. Viewers encountering such videos on YouTube may be displeased with YouTube itself once and for all and may even decide to never return to YouTube again. That’s why such videos aren’t allowed on YouTube. (This post is on how to report a YouTube video)

Hateful or abusive content

If someone uploads a video on YouTube with a view to spread a hate speech towards a certain individual or a protected group, then it may be reported. This doesn’t mean that you can not make a negative product or service review, you certainly can do that. If you’re dissatisfied with the services provided by a company or organization, you can publish a video on YouTube based on what you think about them. There are tons of videos like this on YouTube.

But ‘hate speech’ is a different thing. Take American politics for example. The Democrats can’t just create a new YouTube channel in order to harass the reigning Republicans. A few months ago I found a channel whose sole purpose was to spread ‘hate speech’ against Awami League, the ruling party of Bangladesh. But I don’t find that channel anymore; that means it already has been terminated.

Also you can’t possibly abuse someone on your YouTube video. Last year I saw a Facebook video where a Bangladeshi expatriate was threatening the prime minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina. According to him, Hasina was a big enemy of Islam. That guy even showed bad body language and a ‘pointing stick’. Well, such creepy videos might be allowed on Facebook and other social networking sites, but not on YouTube.

Harmful dangerous acts

You might have seen a YouTube video that shows a person jumping from one rooftop to another. Content like this may be entertaining, but they may encourage viewers to try these dangerous maneuvers. So they shouldn’t be allowed on YouTube, though there are many videos with such content on YouTube to this day. The reason why they’re existing is that most YouTube users/viewers don’t know these videos are illegal on YouTube. Some even don’t have the time and will to report infringing videos. I can’t blame others, ’cause I’m one of those guys myself.

Take another example. A person suffering from diabetes may intake insulin injection. He may choose to upload a YouTube video on this. While he shows the whole procedure, he may do something dangerous like using an old/used syringe. If so, then the video will be said to contain and promote dangerous acts. So this sort of videos can be reported as well. (This post is on how to report a YouTube video)

Child abuse

Suppose your neighbor aunty put you in charge of her infant baby momentarily while she was away for a reason. And you chose to play with the baby anyway. At some point you might get the ‘bright’ idea of hitting the baby and making it cry. You did that and recorded the whole thing. It might seem funny or entertaining to some people, but you also need to keep in mind that your video might actually encourage others to ‘perform’ such inhuman acts. So this type of video is totally illegal on YouTube. If found, they are instantly removed and community strikes are placed on the concerned channels.

Promotes terrorism

Take the example of a terrorist or a militant. He knows how to make a bomb and may decide to create a video on it. If he does so, the video will be said to promote terrorism. So such activities aren’t allowed on YouTube. (This post is on how to report a YouTube video)

Spam content: How to report a YouTube video

You know when you upload a video on YouTube, it’s artificial intelligence searches for the right audience for your particular video. If most of the viewers find your video to be irrelevant and unwanted, they may choose to report it as ‘spam’. I hereby like to share one of my experiences regarding it.

Last year in the month of August I created a new YouTube channel and uploaded a few videos on my nephew and niece. I previously had taken them to a shopping mall and recorded their activities, like going up and down on an escalator. Surprisingly enough, that channel was terminated within 24 hours of time. I never realized the reason of that termination, for you know YouTube doesn’t explicitly show the reason of a channel termination. And there is nothing you can do about it, unless you have access to California federal courts where YouTube legal issues are dissolved.

Probably viewers reported my videos as ‘spam’ as they found them useless and unwanted. Such videos aren’t probably allowed on YouTube. If they were, we would get to see hundreds of thousands of YouTube videos on people’s personal activities like taking selfies, birthday parties etc.

It could also have been a doing of a few of my rivals. Since I shared the videos on Facebook, they might have to come to know about it and reported my videos along with their friends and associates. You might know that YouTube policies are changed every few months. May be this sort of videos are allowed on YouTube now-a-days to some extent. Anyway, I never tried personal videos on YouTube later for obvious reasons.

Misleading content

If you use misleading metadata on your YouTube videos and thus try to have artificial traffic, you might be penalized. Misleading metadata actually presents ‘wrong’ videos to the viewers. These videos are termed ‘wrong’ in the sense that most of the viewers may find these irrelevant and unwanted. (This post is on how to report a YouTube video)

At first sight, the video title and/or thumbnail may seem appealing to the viewers. But once they start watching it, they will soon realize that it’s not what they wanted or were looking for. Then they might decide to report such videos. We actually have a number of articles on metadata and misleading metadata. They’re listed below:

Metadata: When it becomes misleading and leads your YouTube account to termination

Examples of misleading metadata: Be able to identify the infringing videos on YouTube

Examples of misleading metadata – episode 2

Infringing your rights

This section would be so vast in size that we prefer to publish an entire post on this one. This will be available very soon. However, if you like to report for infringing your copyright, then click on the following link and do as you’re instructed:

Youtube copyright claim: Learn how to do that

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YouTube community guidelines appeal text: In case you got community strikes

As a YouTuber you need to know what you should write as YouTube community guidelines appeal text. This is because you might get a community strike any time no matter how innocent you are. YouTube’s automated system is report-based. So when a big portion of the viewers of a video report on it on a specific thing, YouTube’s system takes this into account. Then it may age-restrict or even remove the video from YouTube, based on severity of reports.

Another interesting thing is that the same video may get a community strike on one channel while it stays intact on another. The probability of a video catching a community strike depends on the views it gets. At primary stage, while it has very low number of views, it is not supposed to get any strike, even if most of the content isn’t appropriate. But when it starts to have a lot of views, the number of reports on it also may increase, hence the possibility of a strike develops.

YouTube community guidelines appeal text
YouTube might seem like a dark place when you get a community strike
A few samples OF YouTube community guidelines appeal text

There are actually a couple of ways to write YouTube community guidelines appeal text. One is as follows: “Some viewers have inappropriately flagged my video, that’s why it has been removed. But the thing is my video is no way in violation of community guidelines. So please reinstate my video ASAP”.

Or you could simply say “This video doesn’t violate YouTube’s community guidelines”. This single sentence worked for me at least twice. Yes, I too received community strikes a couple of times in my YouTubing career. I generally use the statement presented in the previous paragraph as YouTube community guidelines appeal text. But sometimes I run out of patience and don’t feel like writing much. That’s when I might use the single sentence. Surprisingly enough, it works.

It first worked on a video I was sure the community strike wouldn’t be removed from. But within just 24 hours of time the strike was lifted, only my video wasn’t monetized anymore. You could also use either of the above statements if any of your videos gets age-restricted which you think was a pure mistake.

My experiences on community guidelines strikes

My first ever YouTube channel never received community guidelines, although it had some inappropriate content. Let’s say, I was just lucky then; also YouTube’s rules and regulations weren’t enforced so crazily back then like the present time. The first time I received a community strike I had to lose my channel itself. It was not termed as ‘strike’ by YouTube, since they considered it as a severe violation and as a punishment simply terminated my channel.

In August 2016, I first received community strikes officially, that too two strikes in the same day. I remember I laid down on my bed for at least one hour after getting the second strike. I was sure that it was the doing of a Facebook group based on YouTubing. Indeed I had a few enemies in that, specially the admin. You may not know that there are groups out there who try to manipulate YouTube’s automated system.

When the admin of such a group passes a directive to the members to report a particular channel/video, they all do it and eventually take that down. What did you think there’s an appeal system on YouTube for? It exists so that YouTubers can appeal a video take-down if they think it was wrongfully done. However, when I first received those strikes I didn’t appeal at all, partly because I was very angry at YouTube’s automated system and out of my head and partly, I had another channel running successfully at that time. Also I wasn’t sure how to properly write the YouTube community guidelines appeal text.

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