Report a violation

You can report behaviour that you consider to be a violation of Google's Terms of Service or programme policies. Violations include:

  • Spam, malware and phishing
  • Violence
  • Hate speech
  • Terrorist content
  • Harassment, bullying and threats
  • Sexually explicit material
  • Child exploitation
  • Impersonation
  • Personal and confidential information
  • Illegal activities
  • Public streaming
  • Copyright infringement
  • Content use and submission

Report abuse

You can report abusive content from your computer.

Google Docs, Sheets, Slides or Forms

Google Docs, Sheets or Slides

To report a violation:

  1. Open a file.
  2. Click the Help menu.
  3. Select Report abuse/copyright.
  4. Choose the type of abuse found in the file. Each type of abuse has a description to help you determine whether the file has violated our policies.
  5. Click Submit abuse report.

Google Vorms

To report a violation:

  1. At the bottom of the form, click Report Abuse.
  2. Choose the type of abuse found in the form.
  3. Click Submit abuse report.
Google Sites

You can report abusive content on websites created with Google Sites and hosted in Google Drive. Some violations of our programme policies include:

To report abuse directly from a Google Site, click Report abuse at the bottom of the page.

Google Drive

You can report PDFs, images or other content stored in Google Drive. You can't report folders.

To report a violation:

  1. On a computer, go to drive.google.com
  2. Right-click the file that you want to report and then click Report abuse.
  3. Choose the type of abuse found in the file. Each type of abuse has a description to help you determine whether the file has violated our policies.
  4. Click Submit abuse report.

Reports don’t guarantee removal of the file or any other action on Google’s part. Content that you disagree with or deem inappropriate is not always a violation of Google’s Terms of Service or programme policies.

Actions that we may take on abusive material

  • Removing the file from the account.
  • Restrict sharing of a file.
  • Limiting who can view the file.
  • Disabling access to one or more Google products.
  • Deleting the Google Account.
  • Reporting illegal materials to the appropriate law-enforcement authorities.

Appeal a violation

If a file you own has a violation notice, you can request a review of the violation.

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