Violent or graphic content policies
Violent or gory content intended to shock or disgust viewers, or content encouraging others to commit violent acts are not allowed on YouTube.
If you believe anyone is in imminent danger, you should reach out to your local law enforcement agency to report the situation immediately.
If you find content that violates this policy, please report it. Instructions for reporting violations of our Community Guidelines are available here. If you find many videos, comments, or a creator's entire channel that you wish to report, visit our reporting tool.
What this means for you
If you're posting content
Don’t post content on YouTube if it fits any of the descriptions noted below.
- Inciting others to commit violent acts against individuals or a defined group of people
- Fights involving minors
- Footage, audio, or imagery involving road accidents, natural disasters, war aftermath, terrorist attack aftermath, street fights, physical attacks, sexual assaults, immolation, torture, corpses, protests or riots, robberies, medical procedures, or other such scenarios with the intent to shock or disgust viewers
- Footage or imagery showing bodily fluids, such as blood or vomit, with the intent to shock or disgust viewers.
- Content where there is infliction of unnecessary suffering or harm deliberately causing an animal distress.
- Content where animals are encouraged or coerced to fight by humans
- Dramatized or fictional footage of anything listed above where the viewer is not provided with enough context to determine that the footage is dramatized or fictional
- Footage of corpses with massive injuries, such as severed limbs
Please note this is not a complete list.Age-restricted content
We may apply an age-restriction rather than remove content if that content includes any of the above, but provides enough enough context to understand it. For example, content showing victims’ injuries in a major road accident may be removed, but we may age-restrict that same content if presented with news coverage that explains the situation and context. For educational content that includes violence, this context must appear in the images or audio of the video itself. You can learn more about the importance of context here.
We may also age-restrict fictional violence when it contains graphic scenes, such as people being dismembered or decapitated, or shows human corpses with these severe injuries. Generally, we allow dramatized violence when the content or metadata lets us know that the content is fictional, or when it’s apparent from the content itself, such as animated content or video games.
We consider the following when determining whether to age-restrict or remove content. Please note this is not a complete list.
- Whether violent or gory imagery is the focus of the video, such as focusing solely on the most graphically violent part of a film or video game
- Whether the title, description, tags, or other data indicate an intent to shock or disgust viewers
- Whether violent imagery or audio has been blurred, masked, or obscured
- The amount of time the violent images or audio is in the content
- If there’s context letting viewers know that the imagery is dramatized or fictional, such as by stating so in the video, title, or description
- If the violence is part of a religious or cultural practice and the viewer is provided with that context
This policy applies to videos, video descriptions, comments, live streams, and any other YouTube product or feature.
Here are some examples of content that’s not allowed on YouTube.
- Encouraging others to go to a particular place to commit violence, to perform violence at a particular time, or to target individuals or groups with violence
- Actual schoolyard fights between minors. We may allow content if minors are only play fighting and that is evident to viewers.
- Beatings or brawls outside the context of professional or professionally supervised sporting events.
Violent, shocking content
- Medical procedure footage where the content focuses in on open wounds and provides no education or explanation to viewers.
- Footage of violent crimes such as robberies or rape being committed that provide no education or explanation to viewers.
- Cell phone, dash cam, or closed circuit TV footage showing the injured or killed in a road accident accompanied by titles such as “Crazy accident” or “Warning: Lots of blood.”
- Videos of beheadings.
- One-sided assaults with titles like "Watch this guy get beat-up!"
- Dogfighting, cockfighting, or other videos in which human onlookers are forcing animals to attack each other. We do allow content featuring animals fighting in the wild, such as in a nature documentary.
- Non-educational, documentary, scientific, or artistic content that shows unnecessary suffering.
- Bullfighting with bulls being harmed (E.g swords in the bull).
- Hunting using illegal practices like bombing or poison.
Please remember these are just some examples, and don't post content if you think 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 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 3 strikes, your channel will be terminated. You can learn more about our strikes system here.