In YouTube there is the option to flag a video, using the report feature below the video

Report icon

In the help section it is stated that

If you see a video that you know is spam, based on our Terms of Use and/or Community Guidelines, you can report it to us for review by clicking the "Flag" link under the video. Then follow the steps below:

  • Move your cursor over the "Select a reason" drop-down to see our flag menu
  • Click "Spam" as the reason for flagging
  • Click the "Flag This Video" button to report the video
  • The video will then be reviewed by our staff.

So I reported a video based on affiliate links, I assumed it would take a few days or the flag even rejected or at the very least be based on numerous other flags as well.


The video was immediately removed

TOS removal

Before it looked like

Video before

What's the reasoning/logic for such a speedy action, it doesn't seem that the flag was actually reviewed. Is this a bug or will I able to kill videos with the single click of a button?

  • Maybe it was just blocked for you. Do you still have the URL? I tried - youtube.com/watch?v=P6tVb50c-3Y (which looks like the URL in your screenshot) and got a "This video is unavailable" message, which appears to be the general 404 error.
    – ChrisF
    Dec 28, 2012 at 11:44
  • @ChrisF yes that is the url, it seems it shows that message when I'm not logged in as well. I'll update to what it looked like before
    – phwd
    Dec 28, 2012 at 11:50
  • 5
    I'm assuming the video had already picked up few spam flags? Your flag might have triggered the point at which the video got acted upon Dec 28, 2012 at 12:42
  • NOTE: I got the URL wrong. It should be S0c not 50c
    – ChrisF
    Dec 28, 2012 at 13:53

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I am assuming that the video in question is this one? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P6tVbS0c-3Y

Which I see as being removed for violating the terms of service.

I am guessing that either:

  • Your flag was immediately reviewed and upheld


  • Certain flags, such as spam flags, mean the video is automatically removed. Once reviewed by a member of the YouTube team I presume it can either be reinstated or left as being removed.

It does seem really efficient if your flag was reviewed immediately but not impossible. The YouTube help documentation does state that any flagged videos are reviewed promptly 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

When YouTube users identify inappropriate content, as described in our Terms of Use and Community Guidelines, they are able to flag the video. Each flagged video is promptly reviewed by YouTube administrators (24 hours a day, 7 days a week) who immediately remove any content that violates the Terms of Use.

  • Ah. I got a "5" rather than an "S" in my URL.
    – ChrisF
    Dec 28, 2012 at 12:05

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