Youtube Guidelines Are Still Not Being Followed by Content Creators

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With so many videos floating around Youtube, how many of them do you think have broken the platform’s rules and guidelines? 

Community Guidelines

It is essential to first learn about Youtube’s rules and guidelines before discussing how many rule-breakers are there on the network.

Youtube’s guidelines aim to protect all of its users from malicious content. This set of rules identify what is allowed and not allowed on their platform. These guidelines do not apply only to uploaded video content but also to comments, links, and thumbnails.

Youtube Guidelines not Being Followed by Content Creators

The following is the list of things that are banned on Youtube:

Sexual Content

Youtube is a platform for everyone. Thus, videos of explicit nature are not allowed. This category includes videos that contain nudity or scenes that are supposed to be sexually gratifying. Youtube is not a porn site, so posting pornography is a serious violation. It will lead to the removal of the content and the termination of the channel. Videos about sexual fetishes are also subject to regulations even if there is no nudity shown. Milder ones will be age-restricted while violent, graphic, or humiliating fetishes are removed from the site. Meanwhile, videos involving sex with minors are removed and reported to National Center for Missing and Exploited Children- an organization that works with global law force agencies. 

Child Abuse

In addition to what is said above, Youtube does not allow videos that endanger children. Content that threatens the physical and emotional well-being of minors shall be reported. This category includes simulation of parental abuse, coercing of minors, bullying, and violence, among others. Once reviewed and proven, these videos or channels will be removed. Reporting this kind of content to the authority is highly encouraged.

Suicide & Self-Injury

Youtube promotes mental health awareness. The platform considers the well-being of its content creators as the top priority. In fact, the network is supporting creators that are posting content discussing their experiences with depression, self-harm, or other mental health issues. Naturally, content that promotes suicide, self-harm, or aims to shock or disgust users is not supported and not allowed to be on the site. 

Spam & Deceptive Practices

Activities that either trick the users or the system are not allowed on Youtube. This category includes fake engagements, identity theft, links to malicious content, and scams. 

Youtube Guidelines not Being Followed by Content Creators

Fake engagements are content whose only purpose is to increase numbers in a metric used by automated systems. Examples of this are videos that have nothing in them except asking for subscribers and promoting third-party services that artificially increase subscriber and view counts.

Identity theft or impersonation is pretending to be someone or a different channel. Aside from being confusing, this can also damage the reputation of the actual owner of the identity. 

External links disguise contents that could not be put on the site. These links lead to pornography, the installation of malware, or selling products that belong to regulated goods. 

Violent or Dangerous Content

For obvious reasons, harassment and bullying, hate speech, violent criminal organizations, graphic content, and the latest addition- false information about Covid-19 is not allowed on Youtube. 

Firearms and Sales of Regulated Goods

Online selling on Youtube is allowed unless one of the regulated goods is included. The list includes alcohol, fake documents and currencies, stolen bank accounts, sex services, endangered species, and many others. 

Strict guidelines when featuring firearms are implied. Instructions on manufacturing explosives, guns, and ammunition are not supported. Neither is the conversion of guns to simulate automatic fire. There is also a limit to the number of rounds a magazine or belt can carry.


YouTube released a metric that it has tracked for many years now. The company expects it to fluctuate over time. Such is a part of a quarterly report outlining how the video-sharing giant enforces its set of guidelines. In the report, YouTube publicized totals for the number of objectionable videos and comments that it removed since 2018, 83 million and seven billion in total, respectively. 

YouTube says that hose reports were a form of accountability. However, the underlying data was based on the video-sharing giant’s own rulings for which contents violate its guidelines. That means if the company finds that there are fewer violative videos and removes fewer of them, then the total violative video views may also decrease. In addition, non of the data has had an independent audit. Still, the company did not rule out such in the future. 

According to Jennifer O’Connor – a director at Youtube’s trust and safety team, the company will start by publishing the aforementioned numbers. After that, it will make more data available. 

YouTube also emphasized that it was liberally counting views. That means that a view will count even if the audience stopped watching even before they reach the objectionable part of the content. 

Youtube Guidelines not Being Followed by Content Creators

Youtube Guidelines Are Still Not Being Followed by Content Creators

However, “Rules are meant to be broken,” people say. It appears that Youtube’s rules are no exception. Despite Youtube’s efforts to provide a safe space for its users, lots of banned materials are still uploaded on the site. They would not stop. In a statement they released this April, they have revealed the percentage of views that came from restricted videos before they are removed. In the final quarter of 2020, they have accounted for 0.16% to 0.18% of the total views on the media platform. 

This is a small number. Some people may even describe it as insignificant. These results also show a great improvement compared to the one they got in 2017. That year, in the same quarter, the violative view rate has reached 0.63 to 0.72 percent. However, the Youtube team wants the complete safety of its users. So, they want this number to go even lower, revealed O’Connor.

Date: May 5, 2021 / Categories: YouTube, / Author: Joy P


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