I got an email at 6:30 am saying my channel had been terminated, and that I can no longer access, possess, or create any other YouTube channels. It’s a brand account name I created several years ago to upload World of Warcraft videos of our guild killing bosses. It gets claims through the Content ID system for the music, but has for years and they are not strikes, just claims. (The particular music vendor I buy the music from indicates that’s how they handle non-commercial use – just do not dispute the claim and they leave it alone – which I’m perfectly fine with.) I have no idea what happened, uploaded a video as recently as a few days ago – have never had any complaint or strike emails from YouTube or anyone else. This is not a copyright issue, as the email says it was for “repeated violations of our community guidelines” and specifically says “spam, scams, or commercially deceptive content” as the reason.The channel has very few subscribers, probably less than 15, and the videos generate at most like 60 views as our guild/online friends look at and enjoy watching us kill the big dragons.I submitted an appeal, but I am truly clueless as to how this happened. I’m also mildly annoyed, as I pay for YouTube Premium and also moved my music over from Google Play to YouTube Music, and feel like I shouldn’t at all be supporting them if this is how it is going to operate. It feels really bad to click on those apps now.I’m also very concerned that I may not ever be able to have a YouTube channel again – at all – when I’ve done nothing wrong! That’s how the email I received reads. Playing online with friends and making those videos was my hobby after my husband died, and I’d hate to see that gone.This is the link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxijlpqQmxOEKF_wZsliOXg
Hi The Didi – the channel was reinstated again. I received the same email I received the last time, saying: “Weâre pleased to let you know that weâve recently reviewed your YouTube account, and after taking another look, we can confirm that it is not in violation of our Terms of Service. We have lifted the suspension of your account, and it is once again active and operational.”Based on your guess about the links to the music vendors, I went in and removed those in case they were causing a problem. The Content ID claim is still there, and it still says when I hover over it – no impact to channel, just cannot be monetized (which I didn’t want anyway, happy for them to get advertising money).If it should happen again, I will reply here and let you know.Thanks again!Thanks for Feedback!