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Flag inappropriate content

We rely on YouTube community members to flag content that they find inappropriate. When something is flagged, it’s not automatically taken down. Flagged content is reviewed along the following guidelines:

  • Content that violates our Community Guidelines is removed from YouTube.
  • Content that may not be appropriate for all younger audiences may be age-restricted.
Flag a video

YouTube staff review flagged videos 24 hours a day, seven days a week. A video can be flagged at any time once uploaded to YouTube and then it is reviewed by YouTube staff. If no violations are found by our review team, no amount of flagging will change that and the video will remain on our site. Flagging videos is anonymous, so other users can't tell who flagged a video.

  1. Go to the video you'd like to report.
  2. Tap More  at the top of the video.
  3. Tap Report .
  4. Select the reason for flagging.
Flag a video

Flag a thumbnail

You can flag a video thumbnail that you see in your feed.

  1. Go to the thumbnail you'd like to flag.
  2. Below the thumbnail, tap More .
  3. Tap Report.
  4. Select the reason for reporting.
  5. Tap Report.
Flag a comment

The "Report spam or abuse" link allows the community to report spam comments left on videos they upload or watch. If enough users mark a comment as spam, it becomes hidden under a "Marked as Spam" link. By clicking the "Show link" you can see the comment again. The video's uploader has the ability to "unmark" a comment as spam.

  1. Go to the comment you'd like to report.
  2. Tap More  below the comment.
  3. Tap Report.
  4. Select the reason for flagging.

Use the "Report spam or abuse" feature with extreme caution. If you misuse it, you may be prohibited from using YouTube. 

My comment was marked as spam incorrectly

If you believe a comment you made was marked as spam but you don't believe it to be, you can contact the video's uploader and ask them to reinstate your comment.

Flag a live chat message

Flagging allows community members to report inappropriate messages left on live streams.

  1. Go to the message you'd like to report.
  2. Tap More below the comment.
  3. Tap Report.
  4. Select the reason for flagging.
Flag a channel

You can report users, inappropriate background images, or inappropriate profile avatars using the reporting flow located on the bottom of every channel.

How to flag a channel:

  1. Log in to YouTube.
  2. Go to the channel page you want to report.
  3. Click About.
  4. Click the flag drop down. 
  5. Select the option that best suits your issue.

Flag a playlist
  1. Go the page of the playlist you'd like to report.
  2. At the top of the screen, tap More .
  3. Tap Report playlist.


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