Report inappropriate videos, channels and other content on YouTube

We rely on YouTube community members to report or flag content that they find inappropriate. Reporting content is anonymous, so other users can't tell who made the report.

What happens after I report content?

When content is reported, it's not automatically taken down. Reported content is reviewed along these guidelines:

To check if a video that you reported has been removed, you can view your Report history.

How to report content

Report a video

YouTube reviews reported videos 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. A video can be reported at any time after it has been uploaded to YouTube. If our review team doesn't find any violations, no amount of reporting will change that, and the video will remain on our site.

  1. Sign in to YouTube.
  2. Go to the video that you want to report.
  3. Below the video, click More 더보기 and then Report .
  4. Select the reason that best fits the violation in the video.
  5. Click NEXT.
  6. Give any other details that may help the review team make their decision. Include timestamps or descriptions of the violation, if possible.
  7. Click REPORT.

Note: To check the status of a video you report, visit your Report history. Learn more about your Report history.

Report a channel

You can report users, inappropriate background images or inappropriate profile avatars.

  1. Sign in to YouTube.
  2. Go to the channel page that you want to report.
  3. At the top, click ABOUT.
  4. Click Report user 
  5. Select the option that best fits why you want to report the channel:
    • Report channel art
    • Report profile picture
    • Report user
  6. Optional: The window that opens may ask you to enter more details. Enter any other details that you want to share.
  7. Click SUBMIT.

Report a playlist

You can report a playlist if its content, title, description or tags violate our Community Guidelines.
  1. Sign in to YouTube.
  2. Go to the playlist that you want to report.
  3. Below the playlist's title, click More 더보기 and then Report playlist .
  4. Click SUBMIT.

Report a thumbnail

You can report a video thumbnail that violates our Community Guidelines.
  1. Sign in to YouTube.
  2. Point to the thumbnail that you want to report.
  3. Below the thumbnail, click More  and then Report .
  4. Select the reason why you want to report the thumbnail.
  5. Click REPORT

Report a link in a video's description

On a computer, you can report a link in a description that violates our Community Guidelines.
  1. Sign in to YouTube.
  2. Go to the video with the link in the description that you want to report. 
  3. Below the video, click More  and then Report .
  4. Select the policy that the link violates. 
  5. Tick the box next to This applies to links within the video description.
  6. Click NEXT.
  7. Give any other details that may help the review team make their decision. Include descriptions of the violation, if possible.
  8. Click REPORT.
Report a comment
  1. Sign in to YouTube.
  2. Go to the video with the comment that you want to report. 
  3. Next to the comment, click More  and then Report .
  4. Select the reason why you want to report the content.
  5. Click REPORT.

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

My comment has been incorrectly marked as spam

If you believe that your comment was incorrectly marked as spam, you can get in touch with the uploader and ask them to reinstate your comment.

Report a live chat message

Community members can report inappropriate messages left on live streams.

  1. Sign in to YouTube.
  2. Go to the live steam with the message that you want to report.
  3. Point to the message that you want to report.
  4. Next to the message,  click More  and then Report .
  5. Select the reason that best fits why you want to report the message.
  6. Click REPORT.
Report an ad

If you find an ad that's inappropriate or violates Google Ads policies, you can report it. Fill in and submit this form.

To report an ad from a video:

  1. Point to the ad. 
  2. In the bottom left, click Why this ad .
  3. Click Report this ad .
  4. Fill in and submit the form. Our team will review your ad report and act if appropriate. 

Note: You can only report ads on YouTube mobile or on a computer.

Report content on YouTube from your TV

You can report a video directly from the YouTube TV app.

  1. Open the YouTube app .
  2. Go to the video that you want to report.
  3. Go to Settings  and then Report
  4. Select the reason why you want to report the video.
  5. After you select the reason, a confirmation message will appear.

Other reporting options

If the reporting process doesn't accurately capture your issue, we have other reporting mechanisms that you can use.

Privacy reporting

To file a privacy complaint, start the privacy complaint process. Your privacy is always respected during the process.
Legal reporting
To report a legal issue on behalf of yourself or your client:
  1. Go to the video that you want to report. 
  2. Under the video, click More  and then Report .
  3. On the list that appears, click Infringes my rights
  4. From the drop-down menu, select the relevant issue. If your issue isn't captured, click Other legal issue
  5. At the bottom, click NEXT.
  6. Fill in the form and submit. 
To help us investigate your claim, we encourage you to submit your claim through our webform, rather than by fax or post.
Note that abuse of our legal forms may result in the termination of your Google Account.
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