Sex and Nudity
Content like pornography that’s meant to be sexually gratifying is not allowed on YouTube. We allow nudity when the primary purpose is educational, documentary, scientific, or artistic, and it isn’t gratuitous, but we may age-restrict this content in order to protect young audiences. Context of the video and its details (tags, titles, description, etc) is important because it helps viewers find your video and understand its purpose. Check out our full guidelines here.
FAQ: What is sexually gratifying?
"Sexually gratifying' refers to whether the content's purpose is to arouse the audience sexually, or as most people would say, “turn them on.”
- For example: A playlist or compilation video of celebrity wardrobe malfunctions focused only on exposed body parts would violate the Community Guidelines.
- Another example would be if a video of a burlesque performer was uploaded and zoomed in to focus on their body parts, rather than educating on the artistry of burlesque, would not be okay.
- Remember context is key, so think about what you’re showing and whether it can be seen as sexually gratifying.
FAQ: What about pranks or jokes?
Unwanted acts that are sexual in nature are not allowed on YouTube, even if they are intended to be funny. It’s also important to have consent to film the subject of your video.
- For example: A video showing someone kissing bystanders by surprise for the purposes of a prank would not be okay unless the person being pranked had clearly offered consent in the video.
- If your video is staged, make that apparent. Otherwise, it might violate YouTube’s community guidelines.