YouTube wants to foster a safe community for users. Behavior that is meant to harass, bully, or threaten is not allowed. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t share opinions or be humorous. Harassment can be flagged in the form of videos, comments or channel. Remember to always consider the context. Click here to see all of the guidelines around harassment in the Help Center and learn what to do if you’re being harassed too!
There are many tools to help you control your safety on YouTube. Review this resource for tips and best practices to stay safe, keep your account secure, and protect your privacy. If you see content that violates these policies, please report it. To report a comment or video, tap the three dot menu next to the comment or below the video and Report spam or abuse. More detailed instructions on reporting here.
FAQ: How do I know if my content is considered harassment?
Consider the intended outcome of your content. Are you maliciously mocking someone’s physical appearance? Are you threatening physical harm? These instances would violate YouTube’s Community Guidelines.
- For example: Posting a video about someone you dislike and saying “she looks like a beast, her eyes and skin are nasty - she shouldn’t be a beauty vlogger!” would be considered harassment.
- However, sharing opinions like disagreements (even if those opinions may not be based on facts) on another creator’s channel or tweets, is not considered harassment.
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- Revealing private information like a home address (aka doxxing) is also considered harassment.
FAQ: Are prank calls to emergency services considered harassment?
Yes, they are! Content featuring “Swatting” or prank calls to emergency or crisis response services is wasting resources that might otherwise be needed for actual emergencies.
- For example: Calling 911 to another creator’s house in order to film a prank video is not allowed on YouTube.
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- Any content that encourages an audience to engage in “swatting” would also not be allowed.