About the YouTube Trusted Flagger programme

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

The YouTube Trusted Flagger programme includes:

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

Programme eligibility

Government agencies and NGOs are eligible to participate in the YouTube Trusted Flagger programme. 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 organisations, including organisations 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 programme

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 course to learn about our Community Guidelines and enforcement processes.

Programme requirements

The Trusted Flagger programme 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 programme.
  • 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 programme.
  • Give their email or the email for at least one individual in their organisation who's the continuous point of contact for the Trusted Flagger programme. We'll send periodic emails about the Trusted Flagger programme to this email address.

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

YouTube reserves the right to refuse participation in the programme, modify programme requirements or suspend the programme 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 prioritise flags from Trusted Flaggers for review.

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

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