How to Report a Youtube Video, Comment, Channel, or Playlist

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YouTube has a system for reporting channels that violate the site’s community guidelines. You can use it to report a Youtube Video or comments on their channel that may be inappropriate. 

You don’t need to provide your name when you report a channel, but you must verify your email address, so YouTube knows who you are. If there is no response within 48 hours, you’ll receive an email from YouTube letting you know what happened.

There are several reasons for reporting a Youtube video or channel.

  • Someone posted something offensive
  • Someone posted a video with copyrighted music
  • Someone uploaded a video that violates YouTube’s policies
  • A channel has been inactive for too long
  • The channel is promoting illegal activities

If you’re unsure if a video or channel violates one of these rules, just click “Report” at the top right corner of the offending content and select which reason applies.

How To Report A Youtube Video Comment

If you see something inappropriate in one of your favorite videos, click “Report” next to the comment. 

This link will take you to a page where you can select which video the comment applies to and write out why you think the comment violates the YouTube Community Guidelines.

The first time you report a comment, you’ll get a message confirming that the comment was removed. After that, you won’t see another notification unless someone else reports the same comment.

How To Report An Account

You can also report an account if they’re spamming, posting inappropriate content, or otherwise breaking the rules. 

Just hover over the user’s username at the top right corner of the screen and click “report.” From here, you can choose whether or not to send a private message to the user explaining what you found offensive.

How To Report Another User

You can also report other users by clicking the three dots icon at the top right corner. Clicking this will open up a menu with options like “Spam,” “Inappropriate Content,” “Abusive Behavior,” and “Other.” Select the option you want to report and then click “Send Report.”

How To Report a Playlist

To report a playlist, go to the playlist’s page and click the three dots icon at its top left corner. 

Then, click “Report.” A page will open where you’ll be able to select which type of violation you’d like to report: spam, inappropriate content, etc. Once you’ve chosen the appropriate category, click “Submit.”

How To Report A Channel

Finally, you can report a channel by going to the channel’s page and clicking the three dots icon. 

Next, choose “Report” from the drop-down menu. Here, you’ll be asked to pick between categories such as spam, inappropriate content, and more. 

Once you’ve picked the category, click “Submit,” and you’ll see a confirmation page.

Youtube has made it easy to report a channel, comments, and to report a Youtube video. Follow the steps to report your concern.


How many reports does it take to delete a YouTube channel?

It doesn’t matter how many times you report a channel. It takes only one person actually to remove the offending material from YouTube.

Can I report a comment without knowing who posted it?

Yes! All you need to do is hover over the commenter’s name at the top right corner and click “Report.” You won’t have to identify yourself at all.

How do I report a YouTube channel on my 2020 app?

First, download the latest version of the Google app from the App Store or Google Play Store. Next, open the app and tap the hamburger menu at the bottom of the screen. Tap “Settings,” then “Accounts & Privacy.” Scroll down until you find “Your YouTube Activity,” and tap the button labeled “Manage your activity.” Now you should see a list of every channel you’ve ever reported on YouTube. If you don’t, make sure you’re logged into your Google account and try again.

How long does it take for YouTube to remove a channel after I report them?

There are no set guidelines regarding when YouTube removes channels after you report them. However, some people have reported getting their accounts deleted within 24 hours of reporting them. Others have waited months before receiving any response.

Does YouTube notify me when I’m about to report a channel?

No. The only way you know that you’re about to report a channel is because you get a pop-up notification asking you to confirm that you want to report the channel.

What happens when you report a YouTube channel?

Once you submit a report, YouTube will email the channel owner informing them that their channel was reported. If the channel was removed from YouTube, the owner will receive an email saying that they were removed. If the channel was not removed from YouTube, the creator will receive an email stating that their channel was reported, and why.

Can Youtubers see who reported them?

No. Unless you have permission to view someone else’s private information, you cannot see who reported a channel.

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