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Video Streaming, Music and Podcasts

Violent Extremist or Terrorist Activities, Organizations & Content

Policy Date:

Apr 14, 2022

Content produced by violent criminal or terrorist organizations
Content praising or memorializing prominent terrorist or criminal figures in order to encourage others to carry out acts of violence
Content praising or justifying violent acts carried out by violent criminal or terrorist organizations
Content aimed at recruiting new members to violent criminal or terrorist organizations
Content depicting hostages or posted with the intent to solicit, threaten, or intimidate on behalf of a violent criminal or terrorist organization
Content that depicts the insignia, logos, or symbols of violent criminal or terrorist organizations in order to praise or promote them
If posting content related to terrorism or crime for an educational, documentary, scientific, or artistic purpose, be mindful to provide enough information in the video or audio itself so viewers understand the context. Graphic or controversial footage with sufficient context may be subject to age-restrictions or a warning screen.

This policy applies to videos, video descriptions, comments, live streams, and any other YouTube product or feature. Keep in mind that this isn't a complete list. Please note these policies also apply to external links in your content. This can include clickable URLs, verbally directing users to other sites in video, as well as other forms.

Here are some examples of content that’s not allowed on YouTube.

Raw and unmodified reuploads of content created by terrorist or criminal organizations
Celebrating terrorist leaders or their crimes in songs or memorials
Celebrating terrorist or criminal organizations in songs or memorials
Content directing users to sites that espouse terrorist ideology, are used to disseminate prohibited content, or are used for recruitment
Video game content which has been developed or modified (“modded”) to glorify a violent event, its perpetrators, or support violent criminal or terrorist organizations
Please remember these are just some examples, and don't post content if you think it might violate this policy.

What happens if content violates this policy
If your content violates this policy, we’ll remove the content and send you an email to let you know. If this is your first time violating our Community Guidelines, you’ll likely get a warning with no penalty to your channel. If it’s not, we may issue a strike against your channel. If you get 3 strikes within 90 days, your channel will be terminated. You can learn more about our strikes system here.

We may terminate your channel or account for repeated violations of the Community Guidelines or Terms of Service. We may also terminate your channel or account after a single case of severe abuse, or when the channel is dedicated to a policy violation. You can learn more about channel or account terminations here.

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