Hate speech

We encourage free speech and try to defend your right to express unpopular points of view, but we don't permit hate speech.

Hate speech refers to content that promotes violence or hatred against individuals or groups based on certain attributes, such as:

  • Race or ethnic origin
  • Religion
  • Disability
  • Gender
  • Age
  • Veteran status
  • Sexual orientation/gender identity

There is a fine line between what is and what is not considered to be hate speech. For instance, it is generally acceptable to criticise a nation state, but not acceptable to post malicious, hateful comments about a group of people solely based on their race.

Reporting hateful content

Keep in mind that not everything that is mean or insulting is considered hate speech. If you're upset by content that a specific person is posting, you may wish to consider blocking the user.

However, if you feel that content violates our hate speech policy, report it to YouTube for review in one of the following ways:

  • Flag the video: You can report hateful content by flagging the video.
  • File an abuse report: If you have found multiple videos, comments or a user's entire account that you wish to report, please visit our reporting tool, where you will be able to submit a more detailed report.