Harmful and Dangerous
YouTube wants to keep its community safe from physical and emotional harm. Content that encourages dangerous or illegal activities that risk serious physical harm or death is not allowed on YouTube. This includes challenges that pose imminent risk of physical injury and pranks that lead victims to fear serious physical danger, or that create severe emotional distress in minors. Check out our full guidelines here.
FAQ: What about accident or fail videos?
Accident videos, like someone falling off a trampoline, are allowed on YouTube as long as they are not shockingly violent or graphic.
For example: A compilation of skateboard fails would be allowed, but a video challenging viewers to ride a skateboard through incoming traffic would not be.
- Think about intent. If the purpose of the video is not to encourage dangerous behavior, accidents or fail videos might be okay.
FAQ: What about reaction videos to dangerous challenges or pranks?
We apply the same policies to the original video, reuploads, and reaction videos. Some exceptions are made for news coverage or other content that explicitly discourages dangerous behavior.
- For example: A news report discussing someone’s serious injury after being challenged to jump from a tree would be allowed, but showing that same video and getting reactions would not.
- Play it safe. It's best to keep dangerous pranks or challenges out of your content, if you think they might violate YouTube’s Community Guidelines.
FAQ: Are there other things that are considered dangerous or harmful?
Beyond physical and emotional harm to a person, the harmful & dangerous guidelines also apply to illegal activities like hacking and phishing. Showing users how to bypass secure computer systems or steal user credentials and personal data would not be allowed.
- For example content instructing viewers on how to hack an ATM machine would not be allowed.