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Moderate & review comments

When comments are turned on for your videos, you can use our tools to moderate the conversation. Learn how to turn comments on.

Comments are not available on private videos. If you want to allow comments on a video that's not publicly available, post an unlisted video instead.

Remove, report, or hide comments

When someone comments on your video, you'll get a notification. Click the menu icon More Menu in the top right of the comment to manage comments:

  • Remove: Take down the comment and replies from YouTube.
  • Report spam or abuse: Report comments that you believe are spam or abuse to the YouTube team.
  • Hide from channel: Block the user from posting comments on videos on your channel. If you change your mind, you can remove the user from the hidden users list in your community settings.

Hold & review comments for approval

Hold all comments for approval

You can require that all new comments get approved before they're posted to your video or channel.

  1. Find the video in the Video Manager. 
  2. Under the video, click Edit.
  3. Click Advanced Settings.
  4. Under "Allow comments," select Approved.
Hold potentially inappropriate comments for review (beta feature)
This feature is currently in beta and not available for all YouTube channels.

You can have potentially inappropriate comments held for review. If you choose to opt in, comments identified by our algorithm will appear in your "Held For Review" queue. You have the final decision whether to approve, hide, or report these comments. This can make it easier for you to moderate comments on your channel.

Before comments are held, you have to enable the feature for your videos.

Enable on existing video’s comments

  1. Sign in to your YouTube account.
  2. Go to your video and select the Advanced Settings tab.
  3. Under the "Allow comments" section, select All except potentially inappropriate comments from the drop-down menu.

Enable on new video and channel comments

  1. Sign in to your YouTube account.
  2. Click on your account icon > Creator Studio.
  3. In the left menu, select Community > Community Settings.
  4. Scroll down to the "Default Settings" section.
  5. For videos and/or channels, select Hold potentially inappropriate comments for review.
Review comments filtered as spam

If someone leaves a comment that looks like spam, you can review, approve, or delete it.

  1. Go to Creator Studio.
  2. Go to your comments by selecting Community > Comments from the left menu. 
  3. Click the Likely spam tab.
Review comments held for review
  1. Go to your channel's Comments tab by selecting Community > Comments in the left menu.
  2. Select the Held for review tab.
  3. You'll see a list of all held comments with a "Automatically held" tag.
  4. You can approve, hide, or report each comment.

As you review the held comments, the feature will take that feedback into account and get better at identifying the types of comments you want to review. Over time, this feature will reduce the amount of work needed to monitor your community comments.

Bulk management for videos

You can manage comments for multiple videos at one time.

  1. Sign in to your YouTube account on a computer.
  2. Go to Creator Studio > Video Manager.
  3. Select the box next to any of the videos you want to manage. 
  4. At the top of the screen, click the Actions menu. 
  5. Select More actions > Comments
  6. Choose from the following options:
    • Allow all comments
    • Hold potentially in appropriate comments for review
    • Allow only approved comments
    • Do not allow comments

Invite a comment moderator

You can invite other YouTube users who have channels to moderate your comments. Learn more how to add a comment moderator to your channel.

Learn how to use additional filtering tools to help you proactively moderate comments.
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