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YouTube's stance on violent or graphic content

Real depictions of graphic or violent content

Increasingly, YouTube is becoming an outlet for citizen journalists, documentarians and other users to publish accounts of what is happening in their daily lives. It is inevitable that some of these videos will contain content that is violent or graphic in nature.

It's not okay to post violent or gory content that's primarily intended to be shocking, sensational or gratuitous. If a video is particularly graphic or disturbing, it should be balanced with additional context and information.If posting graphic content in a news, documentary, scientific or artistic context, please be mindful to provide enough information to help people understand what's going on. In some cases, content may be so violent or shocking that no amount of context will allow that content to remain on our platforms. Lastly, don't encourage others to commit specific acts of violence. 

If the violence shown in your video is particularly graphic, please make sure to post as much information as possible in the title and metadata to help viewers understand what they are seeing. Providing documentary or educational context can help the viewer, and our reviewers, understand why they may be seeing the disturbing content.

For instance, a video by a citizen journalist which captures footage of protesters being beaten, uploaded with relevant information (date, location, context, etc.), would probably be allowed. However, posting the same footage without contextual or educational information may be considered gratuitous and may be removed from the site

Dramatised depictions of graphic or violent content

Some people post videos that contain dramatised depictions of violence. Much like movies and TV, graphic or disturbing content that contains violence, gore or shocking content is not suitable for minors and will be age-restricted.

Click here to find out how to report innapropriate content including graphic or violent content. Remember you will need a Google account to make a report

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