What is Hateful Content?
Hateful Content is videos, comments or channel information which contain "Hate Speech". "Hate speech" refers to content that promotes hatred against members of a protected group. Protected groups include race or ethnic origin, religion, disability, gender, age, veteran status and sexual orientation/gender identity.
Sometimes there is a fine line between what is and what is not considered hate speech. For instance, it is generally OK to criticise a nation, but not OK to make insulting generalisations about people of a particular nationality.
How can I remove hateful content from YouTube?
- Moderate the comments on your channel
- Remove comments from your video
- Flag videos that contain hate speech
- Report channels and comments through the Help & Safety Tool
Keep in mind that not everything that is mean or insulting is considered hate speech.Help & Safety Tool
Flag: Flag the offensive video for review by the YouTube team. Make sure that you include why you thought that the video was hateful.
Think: Perspective is crucial. Think before you respond, and try to respond in a thoughtful, careful manner.
Speak: Post videos or comments that oppose the offensive point of view. Let the YouTube community see a competing perspective.
Applaud: Don't forget to post positive comments on videos that share positive messages.
Talk: Talk to your friends, teachers or family about what you've seen.
Q: Is it hate speech if they aren't talking about a protected group?
A: No, it is not considered hate speech if a protected group is not involved. So if someone is making insults towards you personally that are not considered hate speech, use the Help & Safety Tool.
Q: Why wasn't the video or comment that I reported to YouTube removed?
A: The YouTube Team reviews all videos flagged and reports made through the Help & Safety Tool. So if a video that you have flagged or comment that you have reported hasn't been removed, it's because it doesn't violate our hate speech policies. We encourage free speech and defend everyone's right to express unpopular points of view, and keep in mind that not everything that is mean or insulting is considered hate speech.