YouTube has clarified its conditions under which it would remove videos that invade people's privacy or harass, impersonate or threaten them.

The site stated that it maintains ‘community guidelines' and removes videos that are flagged by users as violating them. The guidelines include banned videos containing sex or nudity; hate speech; shocking or disgusting content; dangerous or illegal acts; copyright violations or inappropriate material involving children.

However, according to the Pinsent Masons website, the company has now increased the range of activities that are barred to include, amongst other things, invasions of privacy.

The site's guidelines now states: “If a video you've recorded features people who are readily identifiable and who haven't consented to being filmed, there's a chance they'll file a privacy complaint seeking its removal.

“Don't post other people's personal information, including phone numbers, addresses, credit card numbers, and government IDs. We're serious about keeping our users safe and suspend accounts that violate people's privacy.”

It further claimed that material designed to harass people was not welcome. It said: “If you wouldn't say it to someone's face, don't say it on YouTube. And if you're looking to attack, harass, demean, or impersonate others, go elsewhere.

“Impersonating another user by copying someone's exact channel layout, using a similar username, or posing as that person in comments, emails or videos is considered harassment. If you want to keep your account, stay away from participating in any form of impersonation or harassing activity on the site.”

A spokesperson for YouTube told that the expansion of the guidelines was not ‘a new policy or a change to our Community Guidelines but rather additional explanatory material to help our users understand the Community Guidelines'.