- Gender Identity and Expression
- Immigration Status
- Sexual Orientation
- Victims of a major violent event and their kin
- Veteran status
If you find content that violates this policy, report it. Instructions for reporting violations of our Community Guidelines are available here. If you've found a few videos or comments that you'd like to report, you can report the channel.
What this policy 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 any of 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.
- Incite hatred against individuals or groups based on any of the attributes noted above.
Other types of content that violate this policy
- Dehumanise individuals or groups by calling them subhuman, comparing them to animals, insects, pests, disease or any other non-human entity.
- Praising or glorifying violence against individuals or groups based on the attributes noted above.
- Use of racial, religious or other slurs and 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.
- Claiming that individuals or groups are physically or mentally inferior, deficient or diseased based on any of the attributes noted above. This includes statements that one group is less than another, calling them less intelligent, less capable or damaged.
- Allege the superiority of a group over those with any of the attributes noted above to justify violence, discrimination, segregation or exclusion.
- Conspiracy theories saying that individuals or groups are evil, corrupt or malicious based on any of the attributes noted above.
- Call for the subjugation or domination over individuals or groups based on any of the attributes noted above.
- Deny that a well-documented, violent event took place.
- Attacks on a person's emotional, romantic and/or sexual attraction to another person.
- Content containing hateful supremacist propaganda including the recruitment of new members or requests for financial support for their ideology.
- Music videos promoting hateful supremacism in the lyrics, metadata or imagery.
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 that there's scientific evidence today that an individual or group is inferior or subhuman.
- Historical footage of an event, like WWII, which doesn't promote violence or hatred.
This policy applies to videos, video descriptions, comments, live streams and any other YouTube product or feature. For educational content that includes hate speech, this context must appear in the images or audio of the video itself. Providing it in the title or description is insufficient.
Monetisation and other penalties
In some rare cases, we may remove content or issue other penalties when a creator:
- Repeatedly encourages abusive audience behaviour.
- Repeatedly targets, insults and abuses a group based on the attributes noted above across multiple uploads.
- Exposes a group with any of the attributes noted above to risks of physical harm based on the local social or political context.
- Creates content that harms the YouTube ecosystem by persistently inciting hostility against a group with any of attributes noted above for personal financial gain.
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 persons 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].'
- 'All [groups with attributes noted above] are criminals and thugs.'
- '[Person with attributes noted above] is scum of the earth.'
- '[People with attributes noted above] are a disease.'
- '[People with attributes noted above] are less intelligent than us because their brains are smaller.'
- '[Group with any of the attributes noted above] threaten our existence, so we should drive them out at every chance we get.'
- '[Group with any of the attributes noted above] has an agenda to run the world and get rid of us.'
- '[Attribute noted above] is just a form of mental illness that needs to be cured.'
- '[Person with any of the attributes noted above] shouldn't be educated in schools because they shouldn't be educated at all.'
- 'All of the so-called victims of this violent event are actors. No one was hurt, and this is just a false flag.'
- 'All of the "so-called victims" of this are actors. No one was hurt.'
- Shouting '[people with attributes noted above] are pests!' at someone regardless of whether the person does or does not have the alleged attributes
- Video game content that has been developed or modified ('modded') to promote violence or hatred against a group with any of the attributes noted above.
Please remember that these are just some examples, and don't post content if you think that it might violate this policy
What happens if 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 your first time violating 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. If you get three strikes, your channel will be terminated. You can learn more about our strikes system here.
We may terminate your channel or account for repeated violations of the Community Guidelines or Terms of Service. We may also terminate your channel or account after a single case of severe abuse, or when the channel is dedicated to a policy violation. You can learn more about channel or account terminations 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.
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