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Please select a thumbnail and title that clearly illustrate that your video is commentary and not footage from an actual event.

One of the Web's most popular destinations for people of all ages, YouTube now curates its videos, suggesting clips and new "channels" based on what you've watched previously. Please do not use these features to game or trick our search algorithms. 

If you see a video or comment you find offensive, report it to YouTube.

How to report spam or deceptive content 

A Facebook message from a friend appears to show that a video of you has racked up a very large number of views on YouTube.

Multiple videos with step-by-step instructions for almost any hobby or pursuit can be easily found. Want to build a skateboard? Tie a slip knot? Have a lemonade stand? School-related advice and help is also available.

Need to compute pi? Conjugate verbs in Italian? YouTube also has tools for media creation so kids can explore video editing with their own uploaded videos. When used for informational purposes, the amount of information that can be found on YouTube is astounding. But you will come across negative messages, stereotypes, poor role models, inappropriate comments, content. Violence Violent content exists including some anime, movie trailers, video game scenes, and music videos , and sometimes users' comments are less than tame.

YouTube has a Safety Mode that should block some inappropriate content, but it was easy to disable during our review.

Sex Because there's such a wide variety of content, sexual images, innuendo, and comments exist in various places including music videos, which are popular viewing for teens and tweens. Porn videos cannot be viewed without logging in, but it's not difficult to lie about your age to get an account, and porn-like videos can be found even if they're not labeled as such. If the main purpose of your content is to drive people off of YouTube and onto another site, it will likely violate our spam policies.

If the main purpose of your channel is to monetize other channels' content, it will likely violate our spam policies. If you believe your copyright-protected work was posted on YouTube without authorization, you may submit a copyright infringement notification. Artificial traffic spam Anything that artificially increases the number of views, likes, comments, or other metric either through the use of automatic systems or by serving up videos to unsuspecting viewers, is against our terms.

Additionally, content that solely exists to incentivize viewers for engagement views, likes, comments, etc is prohibited. Videos and accounts that are found to be in violation of our terms may be terminated and removed from YouTube. Be aware that if you hire someone to promote your channel, their decisions may impact your channel. Any method that violates our terms of service can result in a video or channel takedown, whether it's an action taken by you or someone you've hired.

Misleading metadata Metadata refers to any and all additional information provided on a video. This includes the title, description, tags, annotations, and thumbnail. The reason we have metadata is so that you can add additional contextual information to your videos. Just make sure your kids are aware of the risk. And a word of warning to parents of tweens and younger kids: Sometimes, of course, people produce videos that pretend to be of genuine events but are really spoofs.

However, a group of young pranksters were recently arrested for faking an attack in a parking lot, which they were recording for a YouTube video! The organization itself posts numerous warnings on its site.

The best starting point to learn more about how to protect yourself is the YouTube Safety Center. Beyond that, the key to staying safe is to follow these five rules: Be wary about clicking on links to YouTube videos. Even if you key in the address yourself, check that you spelled it properly.

Be skeptical about the videos you watch and never take action purely on a recommendation you see either in a video or comments. Always take further advice. Similarly, be skeptical about videos that seem to portray something sensational. It may just be a clever spoof.


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We are constantly working to keep YouTube free of spam, scams, and other deceptive practices that attempt to take advantage of the YouTube community. Below you can learn in more detail what constitute.

A Facebook message from a friend appears to show that a video of you has racked up a very large number of views on YouTube. Uh oh, there is another Facebook scam making the rounds that you need to watch out for. This one is especially tricky! The seemingly innocent message appears. 

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