Creators are the heart of YouTube. Part of being a creator means that you’re a member of a large and influential global community. We look to you to help us preserve and protect this unique and vibrant group.
As a creator on YouTube, you agree to follow our:
It’s important that you understand these guidelines and their role in our shared responsibility to keep the YouTube ecosystem healthy. Violating these guidelines may result in your videos being deleted, your channel receiving strikes, or for serious or repeated violations, your channel being restricted or even terminated.
Earning money on your content
Creators who want to monetize content will need to follow additional guidelines:
By respecting these guidelines, you’ll help us to prevent potentially inappropriate videos from monetizing, which can hurt revenue for everyone.
If you don’t follow these guidelines, it may lead you to incur penalties, such as disabling ads on your content, or suspending your channel from the YouTube Partner Program.
Learn more about our monetization policies.
Protecting the YouTube community
Remember that as YouTube creators, you should remain responsible both on and off the platform. If we see that a creator’s on- and/or off-platform behavior harms our users, community, employees or ecosystem, we may take action to protect the community.
Beyond the content you upload to YouTube, here are some examples of on- and/or off-platform behavior that we may consider to be inappropriate and result in penalties:
- Intending to cause malicious harm to others.
- Participating in abuse or violence, demonstrating cruelty, or participating in fraudulent/deceptive behavior leading to real world harm.
While these behaviors are rare, they can cause widespread harm to the YouTube community, and potentially damage the trust among creators, users, and advertisers.
Severe violations that cause widespread harm to the community may have repercussions beyond standard enforcement actions. These restrictions may include:
- YouTube Originals and YouTube Spaces: YouTube Originals may be suspended, cancelled, or removed, and you may lose access to YouTube Spaces.
- Monetization, partner management, and promotional opportunities: Your channel may lose the ability to serve ads, earn revenue, and potentially be removed from the YouTube Partner Program, including losing access to partner management and creator support. You may also be removed from YouTube Select Lineups.
- Video recommendations: Your videos may no longer be eligible to be recommended on YouTube, and could lose benefits such as appearing on our Home page, Trending tab, or in Watch Next recommendations.
Use these resources to learn more about YouTube policies:
- Terms of Service: All content uploaded to YouTube must comply with these terms.
- Community Guidelines: All content uploaded to YouTube must comply with these guidelines.
- AdSense Program Policies: To be eligible for monetization, videos must comply with these policies.
- YouTube monetization policies: To be eligible for monetization on YouTube, videos must comply with these policies.
- Advertiser-friendly content guidelines: To be eligible for advertising, videos must comply with these guidelines. If you want to upload content that does not comply with these guidelines, turn off ads on those videos.
- Creator Academy: Get tips on making advertiser-friendly content, learn best practices for family-friendly videos, and, understand how to foster a positive community with your channel.
- The importance of context: Adding context within your video helps us understand background and intent. We do allow controversial videos that have educational, documentary, scientific or artistic intent.
- Learn how to report inappropriate content here.