Certain types of misleading or deceptive content with serious risk of egregious harm are not allowed on YouTube. This includes certain types of misinformation that can cause real-world harm, like certain types of technically manipulated content, and content interfering with democratic processes.
If you find content that violates this policy, report it. Instructions for reporting violations of our Community Guidelines are available here. If you've found multiple videos or comments from a single channel that you would like to report, you can report the channel.
What these policies mean for you
If you're posting content
These policies prohibit certain types of content relating to free and fair democratic elections. Don’t post elections-related content on YouTube if it fits any of the descriptions noted below.
- Voter suppression: Content aiming to mislead voters about the time, place, means, or eligibility requirements for voting, or false claims that could materially discourage voting.
- Candidate eligibility: Content that advances false claims related to the technical eligibility requirements for current political candidates and sitting elected government officials to serve in office. Eligibility requirements considered are based on applicable national law, and include age, citizenship, or vital status.
- Incitement to interfere with democratic processes: Content encouraging others to interfere with democratic processes. This includes obstructing or interrupting voting procedures.
- Distribution of hacked materials: Content that contains hacked info, the disclosure of which may interfere with democratic processes.
- Election integrity: Content advancing false claims that widespread fraud, errors, or glitches occurred in certain past elections to determine heads of government. Or, content that claims that the certified results of those elections were false. This policy currently applies to:
- The 2021 German federal election
- The 2014, 2018, and 2022 Brazilian Presidential elections
Keep in mind that this isn't a complete list.
The following types of content are not allowed on YouTube. This isn't a complete list.Voter suppression
- Telling viewers they can vote through inaccurate methods like texting their vote to a particular number.
- Giving made up voter eligibility requirements like saying that a particular election is only open to voters over 50 years old.
- Telling viewers an incorrect voting date.
- Claiming that a voter’s political party affiliation is visible on a vote-by-mail envelope.
- False claims that non-citizen voting has determined the outcome of past elections.
- False claims that Brazilian electronic voting machines have been hacked in the past to change an individual’s vote.
- Claims that a candidate or sitting government official is not eligible to hold office based on false info about the age required to hold office in that country/region.
- Claims that a candidate or sitting government official is not eligible to hold office based on false info about citizenship status requirements to hold office in that country/region.
- Claims that a candidate or sitting government official is ineligible for office based on false claims that they’re deceased, not old enough or otherwise do not meet eligibility requirements.
- Telling viewers to create long voting lines with the purpose of making it harder for others to vote.
- Telling viewers to hack government websites to delay the release of elections results.
The following types of content are not allowed on YouTube. This isn't a complete list.
- Videos that contain hacked info about a political candidate shared with the intent to interfere in an election.
- Content advancing false claims that widespread fraud, error, or glitches changed the outcome of the German parliamentary (Bundestag) elections, delegitimizes the formation of the new government or the election and appointment of the next German Chancellor.
- False claims that widespread fraud, error, or glitches changed the outcome of the 2018 Brazilian presidential election.
We may allow content that violates the election integrity policy noted on this page if the content includes additional context in the video, audio, title, or description. This is not a pass to promote misinformation. Additional context may include countervailing views, or if the purpose of the content is to condemn, dispute, or satirize misinformation that violates our policies.
Remember these are just some examples, and don't post content if you think it might violate these policies. Please note these policies also apply to external links in your content. This can include clickable URLs, verbally directing users to other sites in video, as well as other forms.
What happens if content violates this policy
If your content violates this policy, we will remove the content and send you an email to let you know. If we can’t verify that a link you post is safe, we may remove the link. Note that violative URLs posted within the video itself or in the video’s metadata may result in the video being removed.
If this is your first time violating our Community Guidelines, you'll likely get a warning with no penalty to your channel. You will have the chance to take a policy training to allow the warning to expire after 90 days. However, if the same policy is violated within that 90 day window, the warning will not expire and your channel will be given a strike. If you violate a different policy after completing the training, you will get another warning.
If you get 3 strikes within 90 days, your channel will be terminated. Learn more about our strikes system.
We may terminate your channel or account for repeated violations of the Community Guidelines or Terms of Service. We may also terminate your channel or account after a single case of severe abuse, or when the channel is dedicated to a policy violation. We may prevent repeat offenders from taking policy trainings in the future. Learn more about channel or account terminations.