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:
- Immigration status
- Sexual orientation*
- Veteran status
*We refer to gender, sex and sexual orientation definitions mindful of the fact 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.
- Dehumanise 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
- Praising or glorifying violence against individuals or groups based on the attributes noted above.
- Using racial, ethnic, religious or other slurs where the primary purpose is to promote hatred.
- Using 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.
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 wouldn't allow a documentary claiming that 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 that this is not a complete list.
Here are examples of hate speech that is not allowed on YouTube.
- "I'm glad this [violent event] happened. They got what they deserved [referring to people with the attributes noted above]."
- "[People with attributes noted above] are dogs" or "[people with attributes noted above] are like animals."
- "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 that these are just some examples, and don't post content if you think that 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 that 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 three strikes. You can learn more about our strikes system here.
If we think that your content comes close to hate speech, we may limit YouTube features available for that content. You can learn more about limited features here.