Number of video comments removed from YouTube worldwide as of Q1 2020

During the first quarter of 2020, almost 693.6 million comments on YouTube videos were removed due to violation of the platform's community guidelines. In comparison, in the same quarter of the preceding year only 278.3 million video comments were removed from Google's video-sharing platform. The majority of removed comments were first detected through automated flagging systems.

Number of YouTube video comments removed worldwide from 3rd quarter 2018 to 1st quarter 2020

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Release date

July 2020



Survey time period

Q3 2018 to Q1 2020

Supplementary notes

"Using a combination of people and technology, we remove comments that violate our Community Guidelines. We also filter comments which we have high confidence are spam into a ‘Likely spam’ folder that creators can review and approve if they choose. This exhibit shows the volume of comments removed by YouTube for violating our Community Guidelines and filtered as likely spam which creators did not approve. The data does not include comments removed when YouTube disables the comment section on a video. It also does not include comments taken down when a video itself is removed (individually or through a channel-level suspension), when a commenter’s account is terminated, or when a user chooses to remove certain comments or hold them for review."

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