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, use the flagging feature to submit it for review by our YouTube staff. 

Best practices for creators

Here are some common-sense rules that'll help you understand our policies and steer clear of trouble.

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. 

 

 

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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