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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.

Mobile

  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.

Computer

  1. Log in to YouTube.
  2. Below the player for the video you want to flag, click More.
  3. In the drop-down menu, choose Report.
  4. Select the reason for flagging that best fits the violation in the video.
  5. Provide any additional details that may help the review team make their decision including timestamps or descriptions of the violation.
Flag a video
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.

Mobile

  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.

Computer

  1. Go to the comment you'd like to report.
  2. Click More .
  3. Click Report spam or abuse.
  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.

Mobile

  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.

Computer

  1. Go to the message you'd like to report.
  2. Click More .
  3. Click 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

Mobile

  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.

Computer 

  1. Log in to YouTube.

  2. Go to the playlist content page you'd like to report.

  3. Click More .
  4. Select Report playlist.

 

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