What is YouTube?
YouTube is a user-generated video sharing platform that allows people to discover, watch and share videos. You can create your own channel and subscribe to the channels of other people or organisations. Viewers can rate, comment on and share videos or add them to playlists. Many people use YouTube for video blogging or vlogging. YouTube can also be used to live stream, which is video that is simultaneously broadcast and recorded in real time.
How do people use YouTube?
Learn more about the benefits and risks associated with how people use video sharing services like YouTube.
How can you report abuse or inappropriate content or ask for content to be removed?
- Report a video
How to report a video that is inappropriate.
- Report an abusive user
How to report a user for cyberbullying, inappropriate behaviour or impersonation.
- Report a legal complaint
Learn how to request the removal of content on legal grounds.
- Report a privacy violation
How to report a video the violates your privacy or safety.
- Other reporting options
Find out about other pathways to report or flag content.
- Age restricted content
Understand how YouTube applies age restrictions to content.
- Community guidelines strikes
Understand what happens when content is flagged as breaching community guidelines.
- Appealing against video strikes
How to appeal against community guidelines actions.
- Account and channel terminations
Outlines what happens when a channel is terminated that is in breach of community guidelines.
- Community guidelines
The guidelines you are expected to follow when using YouTube.
How can you protect your personal information?
- Privacy settings
Learn how to make your YouTube account as secure as possible.
- Change video privacy settings
How to make a video private and restrict how it is shared.
- Hide or show likes and saved playlists
Learn how to hide your activity and playlists on YouTube.
- Protect your identity
Advice on how to protect your identity on YouTube.
- Adjust advertising settings
Learn how to manage the types of ads you see on YouTube videos.
Key safety links
Last updated: 03/05/2023