Impersonation

Activities such as copying a user's channel layout, using a similar username or posing as another person in comments, emails or videos may be considered harassment. In cases where our team determines that an account was established to impersonate another channel or individual, the account will be removed.

There are two ways that impersonation can happen on YouTube:

  • Impersonation of a channel:

    A user copies a channel's profile, background or text, and writes comments to make it look like somebody else's channel posted the comments. If you think that your channel is being impersonated, please visit our reporting centre.
  • Impersonation of an individual:

    A user creates a channel or video using another individual's real name, image or other personal information to deceive people into thinking they are someone else on YouTube. If you feel that you are being impersonated, report it using our webform.

What doesn't count as impersonation

Impersonation does not include channels or videos pretending to represent a business. In these cases, you may wish to consider submitting a legal complaint via our legal reporting forms.