Comments: setModerationStatus

Sets the moderation status of one or more comments. The API request must be authorized by the owner of the channel or video associated with the comments.

Quota impact: A call to this method has a quota cost of 50 units.

Common use cases


HTTP request



This request requires authorization with at least one of the following scopes (read more about authentication and authorization).



The following table lists the parameters that this query supports. All of the parameters listed are query parameters.

Required parameters
id string
The id parameter specifies a comma-separated list of IDs that identify the comments for which you are updating the moderation status.
moderationStatus string
Identifies the new moderation status of the specified comments.

Acceptable values are:
  • heldForReview – Marks a comment as awaiting review by a moderator.
  • published – Clears a comment for public display.
  • rejected – Rejects a comment as being unfit for display. This action also effectively hides all replies to the rejected comment.
Optional parameters
banAuthor boolean
The banAuthor parameter lets you indicate that you want to automatically reject any additional comments written by the comment's author. Set the parameter value to true to ban the author.

Note: This parameter is only valid if the moderationStatus parameter is also set to rejected.

Request body

Do not provide a request body when calling this method.


If successful, this method returns an HTTP 204 response code (No Content).


The following table identifies error messages that the API could return in response to a call to this method. Please see the error message documentation for more detail.

Error type Error detail Description
badRequest (400) banWithoutReject The banAuthor parameter can only be used if the moderationStatus parameter value is rejected.
badRequest (400) operationNotSupported Comments not based on Google+ offer only limited moderation functionality.
badRequest (400) processingFailure The API server failed to successfully process the request. While this can be a transient error, it usually indicates that the request's input is invalid.
forbidden (403) forbidden The moderation status of one or more comments cannot be set due to insufficient permissions. The request might not be properly authorized.
notFound (404) commentNotFound One or more of the comments that the request is trying to update cannot be found. Check the values of the request's id parameter to ensure that they are correct.

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