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Policies for Custom News Directory

The following program policies contain standards on what you can and cannot post to the custom news directory on Google News. The custom news directory allows you to share your customized news sections with other users, see what type of news other people are interested in, and subscribe to other users' custom news sections. We ask that everyone abide by the standards below so that we can all enjoy using the custom news directory.

A custom news section that violates these standards will either be removed from the custom news directory (so that only the creator can see the section) or deleted. In cases of egregious or repeat violations, you may be denied access to use of the custom news directory or Google News, or your Google Account could be deleted.

Spam, Malware and Phishing: We're all responsible for keeping this directory free of spam. Spam includes, but is not limited to: any promotional or commercial content; multiple instances of the same posts; posts with URLs unrelated to the news section or with excessive URLs; and titles, descriptions, search terms, or categories that are not related to each other, are overly broad, or contain gibberish. We also don't allow the transmission of malware, viruses or anything that may disrupt the service or harm others.

Sexually Explicit Material: We don't allow using the custom news directory to link to or post sexually explicit material. This means you can't drive traffic to commercial pornography sites or sites that contain pornography. Google has a zero-tolerance policy against child sexual abuse imagery. If we become aware of links to child sexual abuse imagery, the custom news section will be deleted and we may report it and the section owner to the appropriate authorities.

Violent or Bullying Behavior: Don't threaten, harass, or bully other users. In cases of serious threats, harassment, or bullying, we will take action.

Hate Speech: We don't allow the promotion of hatred toward groups of people based on their race or ethnic origin, religion, disability, gender, age, veteran status, or sexual orientation/gender identity.

Impersonation: We don't allow impersonation of others or other behavior that is misleading or intended to be misleading.

Private & Confidential Information: We don't allow unauthorized publishing of people's private and confidential information, such as credit card numbers, Social Security Numbers, driver's and other license numbers, or any other information that is not publicly accessible. To protect your own privacy and your confidential information, be careful not to share any private or confidential information with others.

Copyright: We will respond to clear notices of alleged copyright infringement. For more information or to file a DMCA request, please visit our copyright procedures.

Illegal Activities: The custom news directory should not be used for unlawful purposes or for promotion of dangerous and illegal activities. If found engaging in such activity, we may deny you access to the directory or Google News, terminate your account, notify law enforcement authorities, or take other appropriate action.

By using the Google News custom news directory, you agree to abide by these rules. We reserve the right to change these rules at any point in our efforts to keep the directory clean, user friendly and safe. If you believe that someone is violating these community standards, use the "Report Abuse" button within custom news directory.

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