Creator responsibility

Creators are the heart of YouTube. Part of being a creator means that you’re a member of a large and influential global community. You can help us preserve and protect this unique and vibrant group.

YouTube’s Creator Responsibility Initiative

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 YouTube 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.

Earn money on your content

Creators who want to monetize content have to follow more 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.

Protect the YouTube community

As a YouTube creator, 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 or deceptive behavior that leads 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 experiences: YouTube Originals may be suspended, cancelled, or removed, and you may lose access to YouTube Pop-up Spaces and virtual gatherings.
  • 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. Access to Studio Content Manager may be lost, as well. You may also be removed from YouTube Select Lineups.

Additional resources

Use these resources to learn more about YouTube policies:

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