We have asked for an explanation with all three appeals. While we did win the appeal, we did not receive any indication of why it was flagged in the first place. My guess is, Google / YouTube are constantly tweaking their bots. Most likely a tweak to the bots that monitor content for community guideline violations was released recently. These tweaks now look at our content a little bit differently. We have to believe that Google / YouTube do not want to spend a lot of time manually reviewing appeals and videos, so each appeal we make that gets over turned should be added to one of the next iterations of the bot.
So what do we do? I believe the key item in the notice is:
Video content restrictions
It's not okay to post large amounts of untargeted, unwanted, or repetitive content to YouTube. If the main purpose of your content is to drive people off of YouTube and onto another site, it will likely violate our spam policies. In addition, misleading descriptions, tags, titles, or thumbnails designed to increase views are not allowed. Tags should only be placed in the appropriate tag section and not in the description. Learn more.
It's not okay to post large amounts of untargeted, unwanted, or repetitive content to YouTube. - Possibly because we are a Disney channel, 40 videos labeled Epcot could make the Bot think we are streaming the same thing over and over. Or think that there really is not method to our madness
If the main purpose of your content is to drive people off of YouTube and onto another site, it will likely violate our spam policies. - Since the videos in question do not have links to them I am having a bit of difficulty guessing at this one. The only thing that comes to mind is that at one time it was common practice to add spaces to URLs or email address to fool bots that looked for emails to spam or bots that are there to make sure people are not sharing URLs. Text like AKL may trigger something like this
In addition, misleading descriptions, tags, titles, or thumbnails designed to increase views are not allowed. - Pretty much explains itself. If not all of at least most of us only create a title when live streaming. Tags, Descriptions etc all enhance the ability for people , and yes bots, to determine what we are trying to share. Blank tags and descriptions force the Bot to tack a guess based exclusively on the title
All of this is me guessing at what is meant in the video content restrictions section. With no additional guidance from Google / YouTube , it is only a guess and leaves us frustrated and confused. Your mileage may vary.