Nudity and sexual content policies

The safety of our creators, viewers and partners is our highest priority. We look to each of you to help us protect this unique and vibrant community. It's important that you understand our Community Guidelines and the role that they play in our shared responsibility to keep YouTube safe. Take the time to carefully read the policy below. You can also take a look at this page for a full list of our guidelines.

Explicit content meant to be sexually gratifying is not allowed on YouTube. Posting pornography may result in content removal or channel termination. Videos containing fetish content will be removed or age restricted. In most cases, violent, graphic or humiliating fetishes are not allowed on YouTube.

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.

Sexually explicit content featuring minors and content that sexually exploits minors is not allowed on YouTube. We report content containing child sexual abuse imagery to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, who work with global law enforcement agencies.

What this policy means for you

If you're posting content

Don't post content on YouTube if it has any of the items below. Explicit content featuring the below policy violations could result in channel termination.

  • Depiction of genitals, breasts or buttocks (clothed or unclothed) for the purpose of sexual gratification
  • Pornography or depicting sexual acts, genitals or fetishes for the purpose of sexual gratification on any surface (such as video, text, audio, images)

Other types of content that violate this policy

  • Explicit or implied depictions of sex acts for the purpose of sexual gratification 
    • This applies to real-world or dramatised content such as sex scenes, video games or music
  • Masturbation, fondling or groping
  • Masturbation or fondling of genitals, breasts or buttocks
  • Using or displaying sex toys to provide viewers with sexual gratification
  • Animated or illustrated pornography, sex acts or fetish content
  • Nudity or partial nudity for the purpose of sexual gratification
  • Bestiality or promotion of bestiality
  • Incest or promotion of incest
  • Non-consensual sex acts or unwanted sexualisation
  • Celebrity wardrobe accidents or nude photo leaks
  • Violent, graphic or humiliating fetish content where the purpose is sexual gratification
  • Aggregating content for the purpose of sexual gratification
  • Any sexual content involving minors – see our Child Safety on YouTube page for more information

Please note that this is not a complete list.

Age-restricted content

We may age-restrict content if it includes nudity or other sexual content but doesn't depict anything described above. We consider the following when deciding whether to age-restrict or remove content.

  • When breasts, buttocks or genitals (clothed or unclothed) are the focal point of the video
  • Whether the subject is depicted in a pose that is intended to sexually arouse the viewer
  • Whether the language used in the video is graphic or lewd
  • Whether the subject's actions in the video invite sexual activity, such as by kissing, provocative dancing or fondling
  • Whether the clothing would be generally unacceptable in public contexts, such as lingerie
  • Whether sexual imagery or audio has been blurred, masked or obscured
  • Whether sexual imagery or audio is fleeting or prolonged in the content
  • Whether the content invites others to participate in a challenge involving sexual acts

Please note that this is not a complete list.

This policy applies to videos, video descriptions, comments, live streams and any other YouTube product or feature. Remember, these are just some examples, and don't post content if you think that it might violate this policy.

Educational content

We may allow nudity when the primary purpose is educational, documentary, scientific or artistic, and it isn't gratuitous. For example, a documentary on breast cancer would be appropriate, but posting clips out of context to sexually gratify from the same documentary is not. Out-of-context nudity in indigenous communities, during medical procedures, during childbirth, during artistic performances or during breastfeeding may not meet our documentary exception. The same applies to depictions of sex scenes in artistic content such as films, audio stories, music or video games. Remember that giving context in the content, title and description will help us and your viewers determine the primary purpose of the video.


Here are some examples of content that's not allowed on YouTube.

  • Clips extracted from non-pornographic films, shows or other content in order to isolate sexual content (real world or artistic)
  • Groping, pantsing, public masturbation, upskirting, voyeurism, predatory exhibitionism or any other content that depicts someone in a sexualised manner without their consent

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

More examples

  • Playlists that aggregate content containing nudity or sexual themes for the purpose of sexual gratification
  • Provocative dancing that is focused on the dancer's genitals, buttocks or breasts, or that includes fondling or groping
  • Content that sexualises rape in any form, or content that aggregates clips of dramatised rape scenes
  • Audio or textual depictions of sexual acts for the purpose of sexual gratification
  • Content showing bodily fluids or excretion, such as urine, for the purpose of sexual gratification
  • Content using otherwise everyday objects or scenarios, such as injections or eating, for the purpose of sexual gratification
  • Video game content that has been developed or modified ('modded') for sexual gratification, or focuses on themes of unwanted sexualisation 

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 the first time you've violated our Community Guidelines, you'll probably get a warning with no penalty to your channel. If it's not, we may issue a strike against your channel. If you get 3 strikes within 90 days, 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 your content contains pornography, we may terminate your channel.

  Visit Creator Academy for more

Would you rather learn about our Community Guidelines through videos and quizzes? Take a look at our new Creator Academy course.

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