Content and Conduct Policies for Podcasts on Google Play

Our policies play an important role in maintaining a positive experience for our users. Please follow these policies when using Google Play. Content is defined as podcasts and podcast related content, including artwork, images, descriptions, links, comments, marketing materials and any other data included on Google Play pages. In addition to complying with these policies, podcasts and/or podcast content with certain types of content must be marked “explicit” or “edited” in accordance with our content rating guidelines.

Please note that when applying our policies, we may make exceptions based on artistic, educational, or documentary considerations, or when there are other substantial benefits to the public from not taking action (e.g., cultural and social commentary). These exceptions are of course especially important in the context of music and podcast content; they are also especially difficult lines to draw. We reserve the right to apply our policies in our sole discretion, and we are always evolving our views on complex issues. It’s your responsibility to keep up with any changes or modifications to our policies, so please check back in.

When we are notified of a potential policy violation, we may review and take action, including but not limited to removing or restricting content, limiting a user’s access to the Google Play Music Podcast Portal, Google Play, or other Google services.

1. Illegal Activities

Do not use our products to engage in illegal activities. Additionally, do not promote illegal activities on Google Play pages, including in descriptions, links, images and podcasts.

2. Malicious Products

Do not transmit viruses, malware, or any other malicious or destructive code. Do not distribute content that harms or interferes with the operation of the networks, servers, or other infrastructure of Google or others.

3. Hate Speech

Do not distribute content that promotes hatred or violence towards groups of people based on their race or ethnic origin, religion, disability, gender, age, veteran status, or sexual orientation/gender identity.

4. Personal and Confidential Information

Do not distribute other people’s personal and confidential information, such as credit card numbers, confidential national ID numbers, or account passwords, without their permission. Note that information that is already available elsewhere on the Internet or in public records is not considered to be private or confidential under our policies.

5. Account Hijacking

Do not access another user’s account without their permission. Do not use our products for phishing scams.

6. Child Safety

Do not distribute content that exploits children, such as child sexual abuse imagery (including cartoon child sexual abuse imagery) and content that presents children in a sexual manner.

7. Spam

Do not spam, including sending unwanted promotional or commercial content, or unwanted or mass solicitation. Do not create podcasts or pages on Google Play with the sole purpose of advertising content or services outside of Google Play.

8. Ranking Manipulation

Do not manipulate ranking or relevancy using techniques like repetitive or misleading keywords or metadata, offering incentives to review your product, or posting fake reviews. Do not post or encourage others to post fake comments on competitor content for any reason.

10. Gambling

Do not distribute content that facilitates online gambling, including online casinos, sports betting, or lotteries.

11. Sexually Explicit Material

Sexually explicit content like pornography and fetish content is not allowed. In most cases, content containing violent, graphic, or humiliating fetishes are not allowed. In addition, it is not permissible to directly link or otherwise drive traffic to commercial pornography sites and/or sites that include recordings of sex acts.

12. Violence, Bullying, and Defamation

Do not distribute depictions of gratuitous violence. Do not threaten, harass, defame, libel, or slander other people, and do not use our products to bully other people.

13. Impersonation or Deceptive Behavior

Do not use our products to impersonate other people.

Podcast content

Podcast content, including author information and podcast images, should be descriptive of the people and content represented. Podcast content that is used in ways other than outlined in the Google Play Terms of Services will not be published. Please note that podcast content, including any artwork and marketing materials may be subject to more restrictive guidelines.

Policy Enforcement

In the event that your content is removed from Google Play you will receive an email notification to that effect. If you have any questions or concerns regarding a removal or a rating/comment from a user, you may contact us through the Help Center. Serious or repeated violations of the Google Play Terms of Service, the Google Terms of Service, or this Content Policy will result in account termination.

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