Ad requirements for YouTube

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While all ads must comply with our advertising policies, this article outlines the additional requirements that your ad assets must meet for your campaigns to serve on YouTube.

Automated content policy decision

​To ensure a good experience for the user, we may conduct automated reviews of your campaign content. This preliminary review may trigger restriction or suspension of the assets. If necessary, Google may further analyse the assets to arrive at a final decision.

Quality checks

Assets that do not meet YouTube Ads quality requirements.


  • Clarity, correct spelling and use of capitalisation and symbols
  • Blurred, distorted or poorly cropped images

YouTube Ads must meet the Google Ads editorial standards.

Sensitive applications

Ads for applications that fall into one of the following categories:

  • Social applications with adult content where the app contains nudity or sexual topics
  • Social applications the primary purpose of which is meeting new people
  • Social applications where the primary purpose is facilitating dating and relationships

Ads for sensitive applications may be allowed if the following requirements are met:

  • The application should not have live stream features
  • Live chat with strangers apps are not permitted
  • Racy or suggestive content is not present in the application or ad

Application ads must meet the Google Ads app ads policy.

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)


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  • False or exaggerated claims around curing diseases


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Offensive language

Assets that use inappropriate or offensive language

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


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Negative events and imagery

 Violent and criminal content that references graphic violence, weapons, illegal activity and does not have a clear source to media

  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 encourages 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

  • If an ad features content containing professional media – such as movies, TV shows, news channels and video games – the above guidelines will be evaluated according to a more lenient standard. Any ads containing professional media should clearly source the media so the viewer understands what they’re watching.

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 sexualized

YouTube masthead content requirements

YouTube masthead ads are the ads that YouTube users see at the top of the YouTube homepage. This type of ad is the most prominent Google advertising placement available to advertisers. To ensure that we provide a high-quality consumer ad experience, YouTube masthead ads must comply with all Google Ads policies and YouTube ad requirements. We will review each YouTube masthead ad asset for compliance with the YouTube masthead ad content requirements listed below, which apply in addition to the Google Ads policies and YouTube ad requirements. The YouTube masthead ad content requirements may be more restrictive than the ad requirements for other platforms and surfaces, meaning disapproved YouTube masthead ad assets may continue to run on Google’s other owned and operated properties.

Prohibited categories

Elections and political content

  • Assets related to elections or politics


  • Assets that depict or reference gambling-related content, including offline gambling, online gambling, online non-casino games and social casino games.


  • Assets related to Sports Betting, provided they meet the requirements set out in the Gambling and games policy.

  • Assets related to Daily Fantasy Sports targeting Canada, India and The United States provided they meet the requirements set out in the Gambling and games policy.
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