Google Search Results
Before requesting that a link to an offending photo(s)/video(s) of you in search results be removed by Google, consider the following:
Content will be removed* if
- It depicts nudity or is otherwise sexually explicit, and
- You certify that you appear in the content and have not previously consented to its distribution.
- Its inclusion in search results violates your copyright.
- You are in Europe and certain URLs that come up in search results for a query of your name are in breach of European privacy law.
* Note: Remember that even if Google deletes specific URLs from search result pages, the webpage hosting the content still exists. Google offers specific information on helping users understand how to contact a site’s webmaster in order to ask that content be removed from a website. This site also offers information on finding webmaster contact information via Whois. Removal of the content from the source is the only way to actually get the content removed from the web.
1. To request removal of nonconsensual porn, click here.
- Answer a few questions* to load the removal request form.
- When prompted for what you would like to remove, select A picture of myself.
- For the form, you will need to provide the some contact information, along with the URL(s) you would like removed, a URL of a Search results page linking to the requested URL(s), and one or more screenshots to help identify the content and verify it is still live when Google reviews the request.
* Note: Google suggests that you first contact the hosting website’s webmaster if possible to request removal of the content at the source.
2. To report material appearing in search results that may violate your copyright*, click here.
- Select Yes, I am the copyright owner or am authorized to act on the copyright owner’s behalf.
- Select Image/Video.
- Select Yes.
- Read through the information about copyright ownership and if you still believe you are the copyright owner, follow the link to the reporting form and complete it to the best of your knowledge.
* Note: If you need to register for the copyright to your photo(s)/video(s), visit copyright.gov and click on Register a Copyright. Then follow the instructions.
3. If you are in Europe, visit this link to make a local search removal request under the data protection law in Europe. Fill out the form to the best of your knowledge.
Follow these steps to report abuse on a file or Google document:
- Open the file.
- Click on the Help menu.
- Select Report abuse/copyright.
- Select Nudity.
- Click Submit Abuse Report.
Visit this link and complete the information in the form provided to report that someone has posted nude or sexually explicit images of you without your consent. Then click Submit.
On YouTube, Google+, and Google Play, you can flag videos, comments, posts, and apps as possible policy violations. Depending on what kind of device you have, you’ll see an icon (e.g., , , or ). Click it and click Report Abuse. If prompted, select the appropriate abuse type, usually “Nudity” or “Pornography.” More detailed instructions can be found at the following links:
YouTube: Flagging content OR Other reporting options
Google+: Report spam, abuse, or inappropriate content
Google Play: Report content issues or violations