About the YouTube Trusted Flagger program

The YouTube Trusted Flagger program helps provide robust tools to government agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). These agencies and NGOs are particularly effective at telling YouTube about content that violates our Community Guidelines.

The YouTube Trusted Flagger program includes:

  • A web form that government agencies and NGOs can use to contact YouTube directly
  • Visibility into decisions on reported content
  • Prioritized flag reviews for increased actionability
  • Ongoing discussion and feedback about YouTube content areas
  • Occasional online trainings

Program eligibility

Government agencies and NGOs are eligible to participate in the YouTube Trusted Flagger program. Ideal candidates:

  • Have identified expertise in at least one policy vertical
  • Flag content frequently with a high accuracy rate
  • Are open to ongoing discussion and feedback with YouTube about content areas

Certain organizations, including organizations from countries/regions where there’s a history of human rights abuses or speech suppression, may be subject to further review.

How to join the YouTube Trusted Flagger program

If you represent an NGO or Government agency, get in touch with your local point of contact at YouTube or Google.

Tip: Before becoming a Trusted Flagger, participants from governments and NGOs must attend a YouTube training to learn about our Community Guidelines and enforcement processes.

Program requirements

The Trusted Flagger program exists to help enforce our Community Guidelines. Participants must:

  • Commit to regularly reporting content that may violate our guidelines. YouTube reserves the right to remove any participant who doesn’t participate significantly in the program.
  • Be open to ongoing discussion and feedback on various YouTube content areas.
  • Sign in to YouTube to flag content as part of the Trusted Flagger program.
  • Give their email or the email for at least one individual in their organization who’s the continuous point of contact for the Trusted Flagger program. We’ll send periodic emails about the Trusted Flagger program to this email address.

All participants in the Trusted Flagger program are subject to a non-disclosure agreement (NDA).

YouTube reserves the right to refuse participation in the program, modify program requirements, or suspend the program at our sole discretion.

Flag review process

YouTube content moderators review videos flagged by Trusted Flaggers according to YouTube’s Community Guidelines. Content reported by Trusted Flaggers is not automatically removed or subject to any differential policy treatment — the same standards apply for flags received from other users. But, because of their high degree of accuracy, our teams prioritize flags from Trusted Flaggers for review.

The Trusted Flagger program exists exclusively for the reporting of possible Community Guideline violations. It is not a flow for reporting content that may violate local law. Requests based on local law can be filed following the instructions here.

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