Why My YouTube Channel Got Suspended and How I Got it Back
Some of you may have noticed that for almost a week my YouTube channel disappeared. All of my embedded videos were gone, my video files disappeared, I couldn’t access my account, and months and months of work were suddenly gone.
What did I do to get myself in this situation?
I’m really not sure.
Last week I received an email from YouTube stating that ‘Due to severe or repeated violations of their community guidelines, my account had been suspended’.
They also said that I was not allowed to open any other channels.
They left a link to their page about community guidelines, and that was that.
It seemed like an automated message, perhaps sent by some software.
I read through the guidelines and was absolutely certain that I hadn’t done anything wrong. I did a bit of a search and found out that there was a bunch of other people with the same issue as me.
Apparently YouTube suspends people’s accounts really often, seemingly without reason. Obviously I was very pissed off because I’d just lost months and months of work, and I wasn’t the only one.
Luckily, a bunch of people also showed how they got their accounts reinstated again. There is a form you can fill out to appeal a suspension if you believe it happened by mistake. If your account has been unfairly suspended, head here: https://support.google.com/accounts/contact/suspended?p=youtube&rd=1
In the email field, don’t enter your normal Gmail email. That’s the wrong one. You need to go to ‘Google Business’, click on ‘Settings’ and scroll down to the area that says ‘Third Party Tools’.
That’s where you’ll see your account ID that you need to use to fill out this form.
Every video I watched about this said that after filling out the form, an actual human reviewed their account and it got reinstated within 24 hours.
I was pretty hopeful!
Unfortunately, the next day I received another email that said that after my review, my account was still going to remain suspended. Once again they sent me a link to their guidelines page.
This also looked like a somewhat automated message.
I replied to this email right away asking them to check again because I had certainly not broken any guidelines, and thankfully after another 24 hours I got an email saying that my account was back! Woo!
I’m glad I didn’t give up and move on because I’ve put a lot of effort into this account.
If this happens to you, then fill out the form I mentioned earlier right away. If you have actually broken any guidelines, then you might be out of luck.
You can have a look at YouTube’s guidelines here: https://www.youtube.com/yt/policyandsafety/communityguidelines.html
Why my account got suspended in the first place, I’ll never know. Maybe it was done as a mistake made by some of YouTube’s software. Perhaps a competitor decided to report my videos. Who knows.
All I know is that if this happens to you, don’t give up if you’re certain that you’ve done nothing wrong. Do whatever you can to get into communication with an actual human being instead of a robot or some sort of automated message.
Watch the video below where I talk about how I got my Channel back
Hopefully you’ll get your account back quickly which could easily happen in 24 hours or less, or perhaps like me you’ll have to send in a couple of appeals and it will take a week or so.
Anyway, apologies for the lack of video, but I’m back!
If you’re not already subscribed to my channel, check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-CsitUAKiJQkTHsqjeW8IA