Overview of the Community Guidelines
YouTube’s policies help keep everyone safe. Get an introduction to the rules and guidelines so you can keep your channel in the clear.
What are YouTube’s Community Guidelines?
Anyone who interacts with YouTube needs to follow the Community Guidelines. These global rules help make sure YouTube is the best place to listen, share, and create community. They outline the types of content that are allowed on YouTube, the rules prohibiting things like spam or harassment, and much more.
YouTube relies on a combination of people and technology to flag inappropriate content and enforce these guidelines. Learn how to report inappropriate content here.
If we find your content doesn’t follow our Community Guidelines, you’ll receive a warning (for the first violation). The next time your content is found to violate our policies you’ll receive a Community Guidelines strike. After the warning:
- Another violation means you get one strike and you won't be able to post anything - videos, live streams, stories, custom thumbnails and posts - for one week
- If you get a second strike in 90 days, you won't be able to post anything - videos, live streams, stories, custom thumbnails and posts - for two weeks.
- If you get three strikes in 90 days, your channel will be terminated.
Learn more on how strikes impact what you can do on YouTube. Note: Egregious violations may lead to other repercussions.
What can you do if you receive a Community Guidelines strike?
If you receive a strike, make sure to review the reason why and learn more in the Policy Center so that it doesn't happen again. If you think that your content doesn't violate the Community Guidelines, you can appeal the action.
YouTube is a global platform for news and information, and we realize that sometimes graphic material is vital to our understanding of the world. It’s important to add context, both within your video and in the title and description.
When a video is flagged, someone on YouTube’s team reviews the video—and its context—to decide whether the video should be restricted, removed, or kept live. This includes evaluating the video for educational, documentary, scientific, or artistic intent.
See it in action
New Community Guidelines StrikesWe’re updating the way we give Community Guidelines strikes to a new, simpler system based on Creator feedback.
Burning Questions around Community Guidelines StrikesDo you understand the new changes to our Community Guidelines strike system? Matt from YouTube answers your top questions around the new, simpler system.
Are YouTube's Community Guidelines the same for Monetization or Copyright?
Not exactly. Community Guidelines determine what content is allowed on YouTube. However, there are separate processes and policies that guide copyright enforcement and how you can make money with ads on YouTube. Let’s break it down!
- If you just want to post videos to YouTube, it’s important to understand and follow:
- 1. YouTube’s Community Guidelines: These determine what content is allowed on YouTube and help make YouTube a safe place to foster community.
- 2. Copyright law: This is a legal right that gives the creator of an original work the exclusive rights to determine how it’s used. Basically, you can’t use someone else’s videos or music in your videos without their permission. Check out our full Copyright course for more!
- If you’ve successfully uploaded a video and want to earn money with ads on YouTube, there are two more things you need to know:
- 3. YouTube Partner Program (YPP): This is designed to give creators who work hard on unique and original content the ability to make money with ads. That means we don’t allow channels into YPP that are auto-generating repetitive content, or just reposting content already posted by others -- even if they have permission. You can review a full list of YPP policies and eligibility requirements here.
- 4. Advertiser-friendly Content Guidelines: These determine if your content can make money from ads on YouTube. Brands come to YouTube to connect with potential customers so it’s important that their ads only show on content that aligns with their company. Ad-friendly content is appropriate for most audiences and does not feature sensitive content such as sexually suggestive content or drug consumption. To learn more about advertiser-friendly guidelines, click here.