April 27, 2017

YouTube terminated my account – Take 2

I have had my YouTube account that was terminated, reinstated.

Just like that.

I got an email from YouTube that said:

Hi there,

After a review of your account, we have confirmed that your YouTube account is not in violation of our Terms of Service. As such, we have unsuspended your account. This means your account is once again active and operational.

If you forgot your password, please visit this link to reset it:

[link removed by me for privacy reasons]

Sincerely,
The YouTube Team

No other explanation.

I’ve had several other people, with very similar stories about getting terminated, contact me, pleading to know how I got my account back. Unfortunately I can’t answer that. I don’t know why it was terminated, nor do I know why it was reinstated other than what the email above says.

What I do know is that I persisted in contacting YouTube through every means of online contact I could find. I submitted those forms over and over again and I got robo-replies over and over again. Did my persistence finally get the attention of someone? I don’t know. All I do know is that my account, and all my videos, mysteriously appeared again.

I went through all my videos that had Amazon affiliate links in them and removed those links. Let me be clear, I’m not even certain, nor has YouTube made it explicitly clear that having Amazon affiliate links in your video description is even a violation of community guidelines.

I know people that are still getting their accounts terminated. If you believe what you read by the “experts” in the YouTube forums, they are saying that it is the affiliate links that is the violation. If that is true, then why did YouTube reinstate my account? I had Amazon affiliate links in some of my videos. In thehe email that YouTube sent me, it was plainly stated that my account was not in violation and had been unsuspended.

So nobody really knows and YouTube isn’t talking.

If you’re among the terminated, don’t give up hope. Keep trying. It took 4 weeks, almost to the day, for my account to be un-suspended. I’m thankful that I got my channel back. I wish YouTube could be more transparent.

Comments

  1. Same thing happened to me. I also had Amazon affiliate links and just received an email from youtube like the one you had above but I still can’t access my account. How long after you got the unsuspended email did they grant you access – right away, or hours or a day later?

    • Michael R Erb says:

      I can’t answer precisely since the email came in a few hours before I actually ready it. But my account was active the same day certainly.

  2. Excuse me but I happen to come across your blog/article that is seemingly 5 months old through Google because I was searching for ways to reinstate my terminated account, I have never uploaded anything that is violent or (shocking and disgusting) according to the email I’ve gotten. Can you please provide me a direct link to the online form to contest the termination? It would be greatly appreciated, thank you.

    • Michael R Erb says:

      Sorry to hear that. I don’t recall all the methods I used to contact YouTube, but one of them was here:
      http://support.google.com/accounts/bin/request.py?hl=en&contact_type=suspended&p=youtube

      Good luck.

      • Thanks a lot for that form, I couldn’t find find it earlier. Youtube’s such a mess these days in both their policies and layout. :/

        • iPixelBlue says:

          Hi there i came across this article after looking for ways to reinstate my account which was wrogly terminated. i have spent hundreds of hours in video editing and now all my hard work is gone. I had finally reached 2000 subscribers. I had never uploaded anything copyrighted: no copyright strikes. So, I believe a group of troll spammed my videos. I never even got a warning email from youtube about this.
          My question is, have you had any luck in restoring your account, and could you assist me in how to reinstate mine? thank you, regards
          ipixelblue