Learn about comment settings

You can choose to hold some comments for review before they’re shown on your video or channel. Learn how to change your comment settings.

Comment settings for videos

The following comment settings can be used for individual videos.

Hold potentially inappropriate comments for review 

Potentially inappropriate comments are held for review on your Comments page, under the “Held for review” tab.
YouTube’s system works to find potentially inappropriate comments, but it’s not always correct. As you review comments, the system gets better at finding comments to hold for review. 
YouTube can hold potentially inappropriate comments for review in the following languages:
  • Arabic
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Turkish
  • Vietnamese
  • Thai
  • Indonesian

If there are more words or phrases you want to hold for review, add them to your blocked words list.

Hold all comments for review

All comments must be manually approved before they can show. Comments can be reviewed on your Comments page, under the “Held for review” tab.
Learn how to review held comments.

Allow all comments

All comments left on your video are immediately visible. You can view these comments on your Comments page, under the “Public” tab. 
Viewers can still report inappropriate comments and spam. Comments that violate our Community Guidelines may be removed. Comments that are likely spam may be automatically held for review.

Turn off comments

If you turn off comments for your video, viewers can’t comment. “Comments are disabled for this video. Learn more.” will show beneath your video.

Channel level comment settings 

Hidden users

You can choose to hide comments from specific commenters across all videos on your channel.
Blocked words
You can add a list of words and phrases that you don’t want to show in comments to your blocked words lists.
Comments closely matching these terms may be held for review, unless they’re from someone on your approved user list. Live chat messages containing these terms will also be blocked.
Comments with blocked words can be reviewed and approved on your Comments page, under the “Held for review” tab.

Block comments with links

You can hold comments that contain hashtags and URLs for review. 
Comments with links won’t be blocked if posted by you, moderators, or approved users.
Live chat messages with URLs are also blocked. 
Comments with hashtags and links can be reviewed and approved on your Comments page, under the “Held for review” tab.

Default comment settings

You can apply the same comment setting to all new video uploads. Changing your default settings for new video uploads will not impact existing videos. 
You can always choose different comment settings for individual videos after upload. Learn how to change your default comment settings for new videos.

Channel page comment settings

You can change your setting for new comments on the Discussion or Community tab of your channel. Learn how to change your channel’s comment settings.

FAQ about comment settings

Can I block certain words, links, or users from one specific video?

No. Hidden users, blocked words, and link blocking automatically apply to all videos and to your channel page. 
Note: Changes to your comment settings only apply to new videos.

Can I review comments from hidden users?

No. Comments from hidden users don’t show in YouTube Studio beta.

Can I review comments that are blocked for specific words or links?

Yes. Comments with blocked words or links can be reviewed and approved on your Comments page, under the “Held for review” tab.

If I turn comments off and back on again, do my old comments come back?

Yes. If you turn comments off and back on again, existing comments will reappear.
If you turn off comments, existing comments can’t be seen on the watch page or in YouTube Studio beta.

If I change my settings, are existing comments impacted?

Impacted Not impacted
  • Comments on new video uploads
  • New comments on your channel page (i.e. Community or Discussion tab)

Exception: If you turn off comments on your channel page, all previous comments are hidden.

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