Hate speech policy

Hate speech is not allowed on YouTube. We remove content promoting violence or hatred against individuals or groups based on any of the following attributes:

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Ethnicity
  • Gender
  • Nationality
  • Race
  • Immigration Status
  • Religion
  • Sex
  • Sexual Orientation*
  • Veteran Status

*We refer to Gender, Sex, and Sexual Orientation definitions mindful that society’s views on these definitions are evolving.

If you see content that violates this policy, please report it. Instructions for reporting violations of our Community Guidelines are available here. If you have found multiple videos, comments, or a user’s entire channel that you wish to report, please visit our reporting tool, where you will be able to submit a more detailed complaint.

What this means for you

If you're posting content

Don’t post content on YouTube if the purpose of that content is to do one or more of the following.

  • Encourage violence against individuals or groups based on the attributes noted above. We don’t allow threats on YouTube, and we treat implied calls for violence as real threats. You can learn more about our policies on threats and harassment.
  • Dehumanizing individuals or groups by calling them subhuman, comparing them to animals, insects, pests, disease, or any other non-human entity.

Other types of content that violates this policy

  • Praise or glorify violence against individuals or groups based on the attributes noted above.
  • Use racial, ethnic, religious, or other slurs where the primary purpose is to promote hatred.
  • Use stereotypes that incite or promote hatred based on any of the attributes noted above. This can take the form of speech, text, or imagery promoting these stereotypes or treating them as factual.
  • Statements that one group is less than another based on the attributes mentioned above. This includes calling them less intelligent, less capable, or damaged.

Educational content

We may allow content that includes hate speech if the primary purpose is educational, documentary, scientific, or artistic in nature. This is not a free pass to promote hate speech. Examples include:

  • A documentary about a hate group: Educational content that isn’t supporting the group or promoting ideas would be allowed. A documentary promoting violence or hatred wouldn’t be allowed.
  • A documentary about the scientific study of humans: A documentary about how theories have changed over time, even if it includes theories about the inferiority or superiority of specific groups, would be allowed because it’s educational. We won’t allow a documentary claiming there is scientific evidence today that an individual or group is inferior or subhuman.

This policy applies to videos, video descriptions, comments, live streams, and any other YouTube product or feature. Please note this is not a complete list.


Here are examples of hate speech not allowed on YouTube.

  • “I’m glad this [violent event] happened. They got what they deserved [referring to persons with the attributes noted above].”
  • “[Person with attributes noted above] are dogs” or “[person with attributes noted above] are like animals.”

More examples

  • “Get out there and punch a [person with attributes noted above]”
  • “Everyone in [groups with attributes noted above] is evil”
  • “[Person with attributes noted above] is scum of the earth.”
  • “[Attribute noted above] is an illness.”
  • “[People with attributes noted above] are a disease.”

Please remember these are just some examples, and don't post content if you think it might violate this policy.



What happens when content violates this policy

If your content violates this policy, we’ll remove the content and send you an email to let you know. If this is the first time you’ve posted content that violates our Community Guidelines, you’ll get a warning with no penalty to your channel. If it’s not, we’ll issue a strike against your channel. Your channel will be terminated if you receive 3 strikes. You can learn more about our strikes system here.

If we think your content comes close to hate speech, we may limit YouTube features available for that content. You can learn more about limited features here.

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