YouTube’s Updated Harassment Policy: Creating a Safer Online Environment

Protecting our community from online abuse is a top priority at YouTube. To achieve this, we’ve recently updated our Harassment & Cyberbullying Policy, aiming to create a safer and more inclusive space for everyone. Let’s break down the key points you need to know:

Let us check what is YouTube’s Updated Harassment Policy?

What’s considered harassment?

  • Prolonged insults or slurs: This includes targeting someone based on their protected group status (age, disability, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, race), physical attributes, or status as a survivor of sensitive situations.
  • Deceiving, shaming, or insulting minors: Content intended to cause distress, trick minors into harmful behavior, or engage in name-calling is strictly prohibited.


  • Educational, documentary, scientific, or artistic content: Debates on public figures, scripted performances (comedy, music), and content raising awareness about harassment may be allowed under specific circumstances.
  • Note: Malicious content targeting individuals based on protected group status is never acceptable, regardless of their public profile.

Monetization and penalties:

  • Repeatedly encouraging abusive behavior, targeting specific individuals, or exposing them to harm can lead to penalties like content removal, strikes, or even channel termination.

Examples of prohibited content:

  • Repeatedly insulting someone’s appearance or using slurs based on protected groups.
  • Targeting someone based on their group affiliation and using derogatory terms.
  • Spreading harmful conspiracy theories linked to violence against individuals.
  • Depicting violence or wishing harm on identifiable individuals.
  • Sharing personal information to direct abuse towards someone.
  • Encouraging viewers to harass other creators.
  • Linking to sites hosting non-consensual intimate imagery.

Remember: This list is not exhaustive. If you’re unsure whether your content complies, it’s best to err on the side of caution.

Consequences of violating the policy:

  • First-time offenders may receive a warning and a chance to take a policy training.
  • Repeated violations lead to strikes and potential channel termination.
  • Severe cases or dedicated harassment channels may result in immediate termination.

Staying safe online:

  • Report any content you believe violates this policy.
  • For tips on staying safe, check out the Creator Safety Center and Stay Safe on YouTube resources.
  • If you feel unsafe due to specific threats, report them directly to law enforcement.

Together, we can create a respectful and positive online environment on YouTube.

For more detailed information and specific examples, please refer to the official YouTube Community Guidelines page.

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