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Moderate comments on your channel

If other YouTube users can post comments on your videos or channel, you can use tools to moderate or remove those comments.

Tip: You can also manage comments with the Creator Studio app on your mobile device. Get started in the YouTube Creator Studio app Help Center.

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.

Take action on comments

Remove, report, or hide comments

When someone comments on your video, you'll get a notification. Click the arrow in the upper 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.
Review comments filtered as spam

If someone leaves a comment that looks like spam, you'll see a blue banner on the channel or video. You can review, approve, or delete these comments.


Go to Creator Studio > Community > Comments or and look under the Likely spam tab.


Hold all comments for approval

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

Video comments

  1. Find the video in the Video Manager.
  2. Under the video, click Edit.
  3. Click Advanced Settings.
  4. Under "Allow comments," select Approved.

Channel comments

Follow the instructions to turn this on for your channel in your Channel Navigation settings.

(Beta feature) Hold potentially inappropriate comments for review
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 that have been 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 "Potentially inappropriate" 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.

Select default view for comments on your video

You can change the default view of comments for individual videos that you upload. Choose Newest first if you prefer comments to appear sorted by time, or select Top comments to have comments ranked algorithmically.

  1. Upload a new video or edit one of your existing videos.
  2. Open the Advanced Settings tab of the Info and Settings on your video.
  3. Under the ‘Comments’ area you will see the ‘Sort by’ option with a drop down menu.
  4. Use this drop down to select either the Newest first or Top comments view for your comment view default on this video.
  5. Save your changes.


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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