Report a violation

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

  • Phishing
  • Spam
  • Copyright
  • Privacy
  • Violence

Report abuse

Violations are typically reported by others or through automated scanning.

Docs, Sheets, or Slides file

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 abuse type has a description to help you determine if the file has violated our policies.
  5. Click Submit Abuse Report.
Drive app (Android)

To report a violation:

  1. Open the Drive app.
  2. Touch the navigation panel on the lefthand side.
  3. Select Settings.
  4. Under “Abuse," touch Report an abuse case.
  5. Choose a file and touch Select.
  6. Choose the type of abuse found in the file. Each abuse type has a description to help you determine if the file has violated our policies.
  7. Click Submit Abuse Report.
Files hosted by Google Drive

You can report abusive content on files hosted on the web:

We review violation reports within 24 hours. 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 program policies.

Actions we may take on abusive material

  • Remove the file from the account.
  • Limiting who can view the file. People will see a warning before viewing the file and it will be hidden from people who are using Safe Browse and SafeSearch.
  • Disable access to one or more Google products.
  • Delete the Google Account.
  • Report illegal materials to 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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