Policies and Safety
When you use YouTube, you join a community of people from all over the world. Every cool, new community feature on YouTube involves a certain level of trust. Millions of users respect that trust and we trust you to be responsible too. Following the guidelines below helps to keep YouTube fun and enjoyable for everyone.
You might not like everything that you see on YouTube. If you think that content is inappropriate, use the flagging feature to submit it for review by our YouTube staff. Our staff carefully reviews flagged content 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to determine whether there's a violation of our Community Guidelines.
Here are some common-sense rules that'll help you steer clear of trouble. Please take these rules seriously and take them to heart. Don't try to look for loopholes or try to lawyer your way around the guidelines—just understand them and try to respect the spirit in which they were created.
Nudity or sexual content
YouTube is not for pornography or sexually explicit content. If this describes your video, even if it's a video of yourself, don't post it on YouTube. Also, be advised that we work closely with law enforcement and we report child exploitation. Learn more
Harmful or dangerous content
Don't post videos that encourage others to do things that might cause them to get badly hurt, especially kids. Videos showing such harmful or dangerous acts may be age-restricted or removed depending on their severity. Learn more
Our products are platforms for free expression. But we don't support content that promotes or condones violence against individuals or groups based on race or ethnic origin, religion, disability, gender, age, nationality, veteran status or sexual orientation/gender identity, or whose primary purpose is inciting hatred on the basis of these core characteristics. This can be a delicate balancing act, but if the primary purpose is to attack a protected group, the content crosses the line. Learn more
Violent or graphic content
It's not okay to post violent or gory content that's primarily intended to be shocking, sensational or gratuitous. If posting graphic content in a news or documentary context, please be mindful to provide enough information to help people understand what's going on in the video. Don't encourage others to commit specific acts of violence. Learn more
Harassment and cyberbullying
It’s not OK to post abusive videos and comments on YouTube. If harassment crosses the line into a malicious attack it can be reported and may be removed. In other cases, users may be mildly annoying or petty and should be ignored. Learn more
Spam, misleading metadata and scams
Everyone hates spam. Don't create misleading descriptions, tags, titles or thumbnails in order to increase views. It's not okay to post large amounts of untargeted, unwanted or repetitive content, including comments and private messages. Learn more
Respect copyright. Only upload videos that you made or that you're authorised to use. This means don't upload videos that you didn't make, or use content in your videos that someone else owns the copyright to, such as music tracks, snippets of copyrighted programs or videos made by other users, without necessary authorisations. Visit our Copyright Centre for more information. Learn more
If someone has posted your personal information or uploaded a video of you without your consent, you can request removal of content based on our Privacy Guidelines. Learn more
Accounts that are established to impersonate another channel or individual may be removed under our impersonation policy. Learn more
Learn about how we protect minors in the YouTube ecosystem. Also, be advised that we work closely with law enforcement and we report child endangerment. Learn more
If a YouTube creator's on- and/or off-platform behaviour harms our users, community, employees or ecosystem, we may respond based on a number of factors including, but not limited to, the egregiousness of their actions and whether a pattern of harmful behaviour exists.
Our response will range from suspending a creator's privileges to account termination.
Your safety is important to us. Learn more about YouTube tools and resources, and get tips on many topics below.
Screen out potentially objectionable content that you or your family may not want see. Learn more
Suicide and self-injury
You're not alone. Need support? For free, confidential 24/7 support in the US, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255. Learn more
Here are some resources to help empower you and your students to stay safe online. Learn more
Tools and resources to help you manage your family's experience on YouTube. Learn more
Learn about reporting content on YouTube and how we enforce our Community Guidelines.
Report a privacy violation
Let us know if videos or comments on the site violate your privacy or sense of safety. Learn more
Sometimes a video doesn't violate our guidelines, but might not be appropriate for everyone so may be age-restricted. Learn more
Serious or repeated violations Community Guidelines violations can lead to account termination. Learn more