YouTube's Community Guidelines

When you use YouTube, you join a community of people from all over the world. The guidelines below help to keep YouTube fun and enjoyable for everyone.

If you see content that you think violates these guidelines, report it.

Sometimes, content that would otherwise violate our Community Guidelines may stay on YouTube when it has educational, documentary, scientific or artistic (EDSA) context. In these cases, the content gets an EDSA exception.

These policies apply to all types of content on our platform including, for example, unlisted and private content, comments, links, Community posts and thumbnails. This list isn't complete.

Creating with common sense: YouTube Community Guidelines

Spam and deceptive practices

The YouTube community is one that's built on trust. Content that intends to scam, mislead, spam or defraud other users isn't allowed on YouTube.

Sensitive content 

We hope to protect viewers, creators and especially minors. That's why we've got rules around keeping children safe, sex and nudity, and self-harm. Learn what's allowed on YouTube and what to do if you see content that doesn't follow these policies.

Violent or dangerous content

Hate speech, predatory behaviour, graphic violence, malicious attacks and content that promotes harmful or dangerous behaviour isn't allowed on YouTube.

Regulated goods

Certain goods can't be sold on YouTube. Find out what's allowed – and what isn't.

Misinformation

Certain types of misleading or deceptive content with serious risk of egregious harm are not allowed on YouTube. This includes certain types of misinformation that can cause real-world harm, like promoting harmful remedies or treatments, certain types of technically manipulated content or content interfering with democratic processes.

 

Educational, documentary, scientific and artistic (EDSA) content

Our Community Guidelines aim to make YouTube a safer community. Sometimes, content that would otherwise violate our Community Guidelines may stay on YouTube when it has educational, documentary, scientific or artistic (EDSA) context. In these cases, the content gets an EDSA exception. 

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Please take these rules seriously. If a YouTube creator's on and/or off-platform behaviour harms our users, community, employees or ecosystem, we may respond based on a number of factors including, but not limited to, the egregiousness of their actions and whether a pattern of harmful behaviour exists. Our response will range from suspending a creator's privileges to account termination.

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