Content policies

Our content policies play an important role in ensuring a positive experience for both our users and publishing partners. Please join us in this effort by respecting these guidelines. We may make exceptions to these policies based on artistic, educational, historical, documentary, or scientific considerations, or where there are other substantial benefits to the public.

Original content

We strive to make it easy for users to find news that is independent and original. Sites accepted into Google News should be a significant source of fresh, original content.

Transparency

Visitors to your site want to trust and understand who publishes it and information about those who have written articles. That's why news sources on Google should provide clear dates, bylines, information about authors, the publication, the publisher, company or network behind it, and contact information.

Ads and sponsored content

Advertising and other paid promotional material on your pages should not exceed your content. We do not allow content that conceals or misrepresents sponsored content as independent, editorial content. Sponsorship, including, but not limited to, ownership or affiliate interest, payment, or material support, should be clearly disclosed to readers. The subject of sponsored content should not focus on the sponsor without clear disclosure.

Personal and confidential information

We do not allow the sharing of a private person's confidential and personally identifiable information (e.g. medical records or financial information).

Copyrighted content

We do not allow content that infringes anyone’s intellectual property rights and will respond to clear notices of alleged copyright infringement. Repeated infringement of intellectual property rights, including copyright, will result in account termination. Learn more about Google's copyright policies.

Sexually explicit content

We do not allow content that features explicit sexual imagery primarily intended to cause sexual arousal.

Graphic violent content

We do not allow content that incites or glorifies violence. We also do not allow extremely graphic or violent materials for the sake of disgusting others.

Hateful content

We do not allow content that promotes violence or harassment against an individual or group based on ethnic origin, religion, disability, gender, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

Medical advice

We do not allow sites primarily aimed at providing medical advice, diagnosis or treatment via this service.

Dangerous and illegal activities

We do not allow content that promotes or facilitates dangerous or illegal activities, including self-harm, such as self mutilation, eating disorders, or drug abuse. We also do not allow content used to threaten or organize violence or support violent organizations.

Harassment and cyberbullying

We do not allow content that sends messages intended to harass, bully, or physically or sexually threaten others.

Deceptive practices

We do not allow sites or accounts that impersonate any person or organization, or that misrepresent or conceal their ownership or primary purpose. We do not allow sites or accounts that engage in inauthentic or coordinated activity that misleads users. This includes, but isn’t limited to, sites or accounts that misrepresent or conceal their country of origin or that direct content at users in another country under false premises. This also includes sites or accounts working together in ways that conceal or misrepresent information about their relationships or editorial independence.

Spam and malware

We do not allow excessive repetitive, duplicate, or unoriginal content, misspellings, grammatical errors, or gimmicky character use. We do not allow links to malware, viruses, or other harmful software. We also do not allow sites engaging in link schemes intended to manipulate a site's ranking in news results or generate unnatural traffic or any other behavior addressed under our Webmaster guidelines.

 

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