Links that send users to websites featuring content that violates our community guidelines are not allowed on YouTube.
If you find content that violates this policy, report it. Instructions for reporting violations of our Community Guidelines are available here. If you've found a few videos or comments that you would like to report, you can report the channel.
What this policy means for you
If you're posting content
Don't post links in your content on YouTube if they direct users to content that violates our community guidelines. This includes links that fit any of the descriptions noted below.
- Links to pornography
- Links to websites or apps that install malware
- Links to websites or apps phishing for a user's login credentials, financial information, etc.
- Links to websites, apps or other information technology that give unauthorised access to audio content, audiovisual content, full video games, software or streaming services that normally require payment
- Links to websites that seek to raise funds or recruit for terrorist organisations
- Links to sites containing Child Sexual Abuse Imagery (CSAI)
- Links to sites selling items noted in our regulated goods guidelines
- Links to content that would violate our hate or harassment policies if uploaded to YouTube
- Links to content encouraging others to commit violent acts
- Links to content spreading medical misinformation and contradicting local health authorities' (LHA) or the World Health Organization's (WHO) medical information about COVID-19
- Links to websites or apps that spread misleading or deceptive content that can cause serious risk of egregious harm, such as interfering with democratic processes
This policy applies to videos, audio, video descriptions, comments, pinned comments, live streams and any other YouTube product or feature. Links can take any form that would direct a user to a site off YouTube. This includes clickable URLs, showing text of URLs in videos or images, obfuscated URLs (e.g. writing 'dot com' instead of '.com'), verbally directing users to other sites via video or audio, or encouraging viewers to visit creator profiles or pages on other sites. Please note that this is not a complete list.
Here are some examples of content that's not allowed on YouTube.
- A video featuring sexually themed content whose description says 'click here to see what YouTube won't allow!' and contains a link to a pornographic site.
- A gameplay video whose description contains a link to a website promising in-game currency or online shop credit but really links to a site that infects the user's computer with malware.
- Posting a link to a phishing site that steals users' banking logins and passwords.
- Instructing viewers to copy and paste an unclickable link in the video that takes them to a pornographic or spammy site.
- Any link leading users to a website, file hosting service, etc. that allows them to access or download child sexual abuse imagery.
- Verbally directing viewers to a website to find a profile or page on another platform so that they can watch content that violates YouTube's community guidelines.
- Embedding a URL in a video of a site that would mislead voters about the time, place, means or eligibility requirements for voting.
- A link to an article claiming that COVID-19 vaccines are part of a depopulation agenda.
Please remember that these are just some examples, and don't post content if you think that it might violate this policy
What happens if content violates this policy
If your content violates this policy, we'll remove the content and send you an email to let you know. If this is the first time you've violated our Community Guidelines, you'll probably get a warning with no penalty to your channel. If it's not, we may issue a strike against your channel. If you get three strikes within 90 days, your channel will be terminated. You can learn more about our strikes system here.
We may terminate your channel or account for repeated violations of the Community Guidelines or Terms of Service. We may also terminate your channel or account after a single case of severe abuse, or when the channel is dedicated to a policy violation. You can learn more about channel or account terminations here.