How to ban someone on YouTube live stream

Although you cannot outright ban someone from watching YouTube live streams, you can block comments from users that you do not want to see.

There are many benefits for businesses and content creators’ channels when they do live streams on YouTube, but also for the viewers who watch their content.

However, the chats section of these live streams can attract negativity, haters, and trolls, which is why YouTube allows viewers to block, though not ban, other users’ comments in the chat during live streams.

The benefits of going live on YouTube

YouTube is one of the most popular social media sites in the world and gets about 14 billion monthly visits. This means that, in essence, YouTube is one of the most important and useful social media sites that businesses and content creators can use to reach and engage with their key audiences online.

YouTube Live is a particularly effective method for these businesses and content creators to interact with their audiences in real time and foster a sense of community on their channel by answering questions and monetising live streams as a source of additional income.

How to ban someone on YouTube live stream

Although there are many benefits to using YouTube Live, this type of live streaming content can require a lot of multi-tasking and moderation to prevent any unwanted hate, spam, and comments from internet “trolls” in the chat during broadcasts.

Since live streams are a good way to build an authentic connection between brands and their key audiences in real time, it is imperative to ensure that live stream broadcasts are a positive and safe environment where channels’ key audience feels like they can join in and have fun.

To do this, you may need to ban other users from commenting if they are making hateful comments, spam comments, or inappropriate comments during live broadcasts.

To aid with this, YouTube allows broadcasters and moderators to hide users that they deem inappropriate and to create blocked words lists to try and prevent these negative comments from appearing in the chat in the first place, but they cannot ban users from viewing content on this channel if the content is public.

Fortunately, YouTube has made it simple for viewers to block other users’ comments in the chat sections of live broadcasts, even though users cannot be banned from joining the live stream.

This means that users are able to control their own user-experience during YouTube Live streams, by blocking inappropriate comments on desktops, Android devices, and Apple devices.

How to block someone on a YouTube live stream from a desktop

Blocking another viewer in the live chat section of a YouTube live stream means that you can no longer see that user’s comments and they will no longer be able to see your comments unless you leave a comment on their channel or on a channel for which they are an assigned moderator.

Once the YouTube live stream has started, you can block a user by simply selecting the block option from a menu as follows:

  • Step 1: Navigate to the chat section of the YouTube live stream next to the video section
  • Step 2: Hover with your mouse over a comment from the user that you want to block
  • Step 3: Move your mouse to the right-hand side of the comment where a “More” option or three dots will appear
  • Step 4: Click on the dots to open the menu
  • Step 5: Scroll down to the “Block” option and click on it
  • Step 6: Confirm that you would like to block this user

How to block someone on a YouTube live stream from an Android device

You can also block other users in the chat section of a YouTube live stream on an Android device by following these steps:

  • Step 1: Locate the chat section of the YouTube live stream that you are watching
  • Step 2: Tap on a comment from the user that you want to block
  • Step 3: Select the “Block” option from the menu that appears when you tap on the message
  • Step 4: Click on the “Block” button again to confirm that you want to block this user

How to block someone on a YouTube live stream from an Apple device

To block users from the chat during a live stream on YouTube from an iPhone or iPad, you need to follow the same steps that you follow on an Android device, as mentioned above.

You can also unblock someone if you have blocked them on any of the above devices, by visiting this link and selecting that user from the list of users you have blocked in the past and unblocking them.