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Video Streaming, Music and Podcasts

Self-Harm, Suicide, Self-Injury

Policy Date:

Apr 14, 2022

Content promoting or glorifying suicide or self-harm
Instructions on how to die by suicide or engage in self-harm
Content related to suicide or self-harm that is targeted at minors
Graphic images of self-harm
Visuals of bodies of suicide victims unless blurred or covered so they are fully obscured
Blurred imagery in combination with details or visuals that show the method of suicide
Videos showing the lead-up to a suicide, or suicide attempts and suicide rescue footage without sufficient context
Content showing participation in or instructions for suicide and self-harm challenges (e.g. Blue Whale or Momo challenges)
Suicide notes or letters without sufficient context
Content that is meant to be educational, documentary, scientific, or artistic
Content that is of public interest
Graphic content that is sufficiently blurred and doesn’t provide details or visuals of the method used to perform suicide or self-harm
Dramatizations or scripted content, which includes but is not limited to animations, video games, music videos, and clips from movies and shows
Detailed discussion of suicide or self-harm methods, locations and hotspots
Graphic descriptions of self-harm or suicide
Avoid showing the suicide victim, and respect their, and their families’, privacy. Learn more
Use wording that is positive and supportive, and focuses on recovery, prevention, and stories of hope
Include information and resources for suicide and self-harm prevention and coping strategies. Try to include it in both the video itself and the description of the video
Do not use sensationalist language or dramatic visuals
Provide context, but avoid discussing how the victim died by suicide. Do not mention the methods or locations
Blur content that contains images of suicide victims. You can blur your video with the Editor in YouTube Studio

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