San Bruno, Calif. – Google’s (NASD: GOOG) YouTube has added a new feature
that lets users easily lodge an appeal when their videos are taken down for a
violation of the company’s Community Guidelines.
Now, when users flag a video
as being in violation, the uploader of that video can sign into their account
settings and click "Appeal this decision."
YouTube will then review
the appeal, and either restore the video if they find it does not violate
Community Guidelines after all, and remove the "strike" placed
against the uploader’s account.
The company also promises to send the uploader
an email letting him or her know the result of the appeal request.
appeals process applies only to Community Guidelines violations, and cannot be
used to appeal videos taken down due to copyright violations.