Staying safe on YouTube

YouTube is a place where people come to share their story, express an opinion, and engage with one another. We want to ensure creators and viewers feel safe doing so. While the majority of YouTube’s creators and viewers want to share, learn, and connect, we know there are instances of abuse, or even harassment. Learn more about the policies and tools in place to protect you on YouTube below. 

Creators and users also have a responsibility to keep YouTube a safe and healthy platform. Learn more here about how we hold creators and users accountable for maintaining these standards. 

Policies on hate & harassment 

YouTube has specific policies to help protect against hate and harassment.

  • Hate speech: This policy protects specific groups and members of those groups. We consider content hate speech when it incites hatred or violence against groups based on protected attributes such as age, gender, race, caste, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status. Learn more on our hate speech policy.
  • Harassment: This policy protects specific individuals. We consider content harassment when it targets an individual with prolonged or malicious insults based on intrinsic attributes, including their protected group status or physical traits. This also includes harmful behavior such as threats, bullying, doxxing, or encouraging abusive fan behavior. Learn more on our harassment policy.

Tools to keep you safe 

We want you to feel safe when you're on YouTube. That’s why we encourage you to use the various tools available to help protect you against hate & harassment. 

Important: If you believe you’re in danger and/or feel unsafe, please contact your local law enforcement.

Report inappropriate or abusive content or users

Block inappropriate or abusive comments, content or users

Protect your account from hijacking or identity theft

Trusted partner resources for online safety (US Only) 


Visit Creator Academy for more

Learn more through videos and quizzes by checking out our courses on hate, harassment and creator well-being.

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