Report inappropriate content

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

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

Report a video

YouTube staff review reported videos 24 hours a day, seven days a week. A video can be reported at any time once uploaded to YouTube; it is then reviewed by YouTube staff. If no violations are found by our review team, no amount of reporting will change that and the video will remain on our site.

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

Report a thumbnail

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

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

The 'Report spam or abuse' link allows the community to report spam comments left on videos that they upload or watch. If enough users mark a comment as spam, it becomes hidden under a 'Marked as Spam' link. By clicking '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 that you'd like to report.
  2. Tap More  below the comment.
  3. Tap Report.
  4. Select the reason for reporting.

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 a comment that you made has been 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.

Report a live chat message

Community members can report inappropriate messages left on live streams.

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

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

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

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