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Google News policies

Our content and behavior policies help ensure a positive experience for our users and publishers. To be eligible to appear in Google News or news surfaces, content should follow best practices for article pages and must not violate Google Search’s overall policies, Google Search’s spam policies, or these policies for Search features:

  • Dangerous content
  • Deceptive practices
  • Harassing content
  • Hateful content
  • Manipulated media
  • Medical content
  • Sexually explicit content
  • Violent extremist content
  • Violent & gory content
  • Vulgar language & profanity

Google News also has these feature-specific policies:

Ads & sponsored content

Advertising and other paid promotional material on your pages shouldn’t exceed your content. We don’t 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 shouldn’t focus on the sponsor without clear disclosure.

Tip: Publishers should be aware of the new site reputation abuse policy that becomes effective as of May 5, 2024. Learn more here.

Misleading content

We don't allow preview content that misleads users to engage with it by promising details which aren't reflected in the underlying content.


Visitors to your site want to trust and understand who writes and publishes the content they read. That's why news sources on Google should provide:

  • Clear dates and bylines
  • Information about the authors, publication, and publisher
  • Information about the company or network behind the content
  • Contact information

Learn more about our transparency policy for Google News.

When we find content or behavior that violates these policies, we may remove the content from our news surfaces. In cases of repeated or egregious violations, a site may be no longer eligible to appear on our news surfaces.

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.

Tip: These policies only apply to news surfaces. Content ineligible for news surfaces may continue to appear elsewhere in Search, as long as the content and behavior comply with any relevant policies.

Find manual actions against your news site

If your site violates Google News content policies, you may find manual actions against your site in your Search Console account under “Security & Manual actions.”

Learn more about the types of violations and how to fix them.

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