Ad requirements for YouTube

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In October 2020, we improved our user safeguards, which may result in lower impressions for policy-compliant ads that contain sensitive or inappropriate content. These changes help us provide a better experience for YouTube’s users. While all ads must comply with our advertising policies, this article outlines the additional requirements that your ad assets must meet in order for your campaigns to serve on YouTube.

Prohibited categories

Exaggerated or inaccurate claims

 Assets that contain exaggerated or false claims for a product or a service or to mislead users


  • False claims related to money or overnight success (for example, ads that tell people how to get rich in a short timeframe)
  • False or exaggerated claims around curing diseases

Offensive language

 Assets that use inappropriate or offensive language


  • Assets containing obscene or offensive language that may offend users
  • Derogatory language that incites hatred against, promotes discrimination of, or disparages an individual or group that is associated with systemic discrimination

Negative events and imagery

 Assets that include mentally distressing, disturbing, repulsive or gross content; or scary content related to injuries, death and decay


  • Dangerous actions that could potentially result in bodily harm or encourage imitation of the action, such as dangerous challenges
  • Dramatised or animated content that is excessively gory or realistic
  • Funerals that show people weeping, mourning or screaming
  • Videos designed to scare you intentionally or that contain footage of distressing accidents or natural disasters (enforcement applies to simulated or real content)

Allowed with limitations Allowed with limitations

  • Content such as movies, TV shows, news channels and video games are permitted in ads, but should avoid showing gory content

Improper content

 Assets that focus on specific body parts or health conditions


  • Medical or dental surgery procedures that show blood, guts, gore, bodily fluids or tooth decay
  • Emphasising body parts (for example, zooming in on belly fat)
  • Showing bodily symptoms (for example, fluids or rashes)

 Assets with nudity, or that include racy or sexually suggestive topics


  • Adult content promotions where the majority of the ad is focused on nudity or sexual topics
  • Ads that promote dating using sexually explicit imagery or language

Allowed with limitations Allowed with limitations

  • Ads for weight loss, hair loss, skin conditions and other health conditions are allowed, as long as the imagery isn’t disturbing
  • Promotion of products like swimwear or spa treatments are permitted, as long as the content is not overtly sexualised
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