Google Photos User Content and Conduct Policy

Google Photos provides free storage and automatic organization of your photos and videos to ensure all of your memories are safe, secure, and accessible. Our policies play an important role in maintaining a positive experience for our users. Please follow these policies as you:

  • upload and share content on Google Photos

  • comment on Google Photos

  • print content through Google Photos

We depend heavily upon users to let us know about content that may violate our policies. After we are notified of a potential policy violation, we may review the content and take action, including restricting access to the content, removing the content, refusing to print the content, and limiting or terminating a user’s access to Google products. Note that we may make exceptions to these policies based on artistic, educational, or documentary considerations, or when there are other substantial benefits to the public from not taking action.

We occasionally modify these policies, so please check back here for any updates. Beyond the policies listed below, note that several products and features may have additional policies and terms.

  1. Illegal Activities

    Do not use Google Photos to engage in illegal activities or to promote activities that are dangerous and illegal, such as the sale of illegal drugs or human trafficking.

    We may also remove content that violates applicable local laws. To report content that you believe should be removed based on local laws, click here.

  2. Malicious and Deceptive Practices

    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. Do not use our Services for phishing scams.

  3. Hate Speech

    Our products are platforms for free expression, but we don’t permit hate speech. Hate speech is content that promotes or condones violence against or has the primary purpose of inciting hatred against an individual or group on the basis of their race or ethnic origin, religion, disability, age, nationality, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or any other characteristic that is associated with systemic discrimination or marginalization.

  4. Harassment, Bullying, and Threats

    Do not engage in harassing, bullying, or threatening behavior, and do not incite others to engage in these activities. Anyone using Google Photos to single someone out for malicious abuse, to threaten someone with serious harm, to sexualize a person in an unwanted way, or to harass in other ways may have the offending content removed or be permanently banned from using Google Photos. In emergency situations, we may escalate imminent threats of serious harm to law enforcement. Keep in mind that online harassment is also illegal in many places and can have serious offline consequences for both the harasser and the victim.

    Learn more about additional steps that you can take to block someone on Google Photos.

  5. 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.

    Do not post or distribute images or videos of minors without the necessary consent from their legal representatives. Report a violation.

  6. Child Safety

    Do not upload or share content that exploits or abuses children. This includes all child sexual abuse imagery (even cartoon images) and all content that presents children in a sexual manner. We will remove such content and take appropriate action, which may include disabling accounts and reporting to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) and law enforcement.

    If you find any content that you think exploits children in this manner, click “Report abuse” in Google Photos. If you find content elsewhere on the internet, please contact NCMEC directly.

  7. Spam

    Do not spam, including by sharing unwanted promotional or commercial content, or unwanted or mass solicitation.

    Do not aggressively share content with people that you do not know.

  8. Sexually Explicit Material

    Do not distribute sexually explicit or pornographic material. Do not drive traffic to commercial pornography sites. In addition, do not distribute non-explicit intimate and sexual images or videos without the subject’s consent. If someone has posted a private nude, sexually explicit, or non-explicit intimate and sexual image or video of you, please report it to us here.

    We do allow naturalistic and documentary depictions of nudity (such as an image of a breastfeeding infant), as well as depictions of nudity that serve a clear educational, scientific, or artistic purpose.

    Note that your Google profile photo cannot include mature or offensive content. For example, do not use a photo that is a close-up of a person’s buttocks or cleavage.

  9. Violence

    It's not okay to post violent or gory content that's primarily intended to be shocking, sensational, or gratuitous. If posting graphic content in a news, documentary, scientific, or artistic context, please be mindful to provide enough information to help people understand what's going on. In some cases, content may be so violent or shocking that no amount of context will allow that content to remain on our platforms. Lastly, don't encourage others to commit specific acts of violence.

  10. Regulated Goods and Services

    Google Photos enables sharing of a wide variety of content, but we do not allow content that facilitates the sale of regulated products and services, including alcohol, gambling, pharmaceuticals and unapproved supplements, tobacco, fireworks, weapons, or health/medical devices.

  11. Impersonation and misrepresentation of identity

    Do not impersonate a person or organization or misrepresent yourself. This includes impersonating any person or organizations you don't represent; providing misleading information about a user/site's identity, qualifications, ownership, purpose, products, services, or business; or falsely implying affiliation with, or endorsement by, another individual or organization. This also includes content or accounts misrepresenting or concealing their ownership or primary purpose such as misrepresenting or intentionally concealing your country of origin or other material details about yourself when directing content about politics, social issues, or matters of public concern to users in a country other than your own. We do allow parody, satire, and the use of pseudonyms or pen names – just avoid content that is likely to mislead your audience about your true identity.

  12. Misleading content

    Do not distribute content that deceives, misleads, or confuses users. This includes:

    Misleading content related to civic and democratic processes: content that is demonstrably false and could significantly undermine participation or trust in civic or democratic processes. This includes information about public voting procedures, political candidate eligibility based on age/birthplace, election results, or census participation that contradicts official government records. It also includes incorrect claims that a political figure or government official has died, been involved in an accident, or is suffering from a sudden serious illness.

    Misleading content related to harmful health practices: misleading health or medical content that promotes or encourages others to engage in practices that may lead to serious physical or emotional harm to individuals, or serious public health harm.

    Manipulated media: media that has been technically manipulated or doctored in a way that misleads users and may pose a serious risk of egregious harm.

    Misleading content may be allowed in an educational, documentary, scientific, or artistic context, but please be mindful to provide enough information to help people understand this context. In some cases, no amount of context will allow this content to remain on our platforms.

  13. Account Hijacking

    Do not access another user’s account without their permission.

  14. Use of Multiple Accounts

    Do not create or use multiple accounts to evade our policies or bypass blocks or otherwise subvert restrictions placed on your account. For example, if you’ve been blocked by another user or suspended for abuse, don’t create a replacement account that engages in similar activity.

  15. Terrorist Content

    We do not permit terrorist organizations to use Google Photos for any purpose, including recruitment. Google Photos also strictly prohibits content related to terrorism, such as content that promotes terrorist acts, incites violence, or celebrates terrorist attacks.

    If sharing content related to terrorism for an educational, documentary, scientific, or artistic purpose, be mindful to provide enough information so viewers understand the context.

About our Policies and Terms

These policies apply generally to the content you post on Google Photos. Some services have their own separate policies that can be found within those services and apply to your use of them. All Google products and services are governed by their applicable terms of service.

Reporting Potential Issues

If you encounter content or a user that you believe violates the above policies, please report it to us using the “Report Abuse” link (or similarly named link). Learn more about reporting abuse on Google Photos.

Printed Products Content Policy

All images in printed products should comply with legal regulations and content policies. We therefore do not allow certain types of images to be printed in our products. We will not print any products that contain images that violate the following policies.

Please note that any content submitted to be printed in a product may be reviewed to determine whether it violates this policy.

Sexually Explicit Content

We will not print content that contains sexually explicit material. However, artistic and non-sexual nudity may be permitted. We never allow content that sexually exploits children.

Below are examples of what we do not allow in printed products:

  • Images containing graphic sexual acts intended to arouse, including depictions of genitalia, pornography, or illustrations

  • Content promoting underage, non-consensual, or other illegal sexual themes, whether simulated or real

  • Content promoting the sexual exploitation of minors

Inappropriate Content

We will not print photos that portray violence, shocking content, hatred, intolerance, or discrimination.

Below are examples of what we do not allow in printed products:

  • Content that incites hatred against, promotes discrimination of, or disparages an individual or group on the basis of their race or ethnic origin, religion, disability, age, nationality, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or other characteristic that is associated with systemic discrimination or marginalization

  • Content produced by or on behalf of terrorist groups

  • Content that harasses, intimidates, or bullies an individual or group of individuals

Dangerous or Illegal Activities

We don't accept content that is illegal or depicts illegal activity. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Images that infringe on anyone else’s legal rights, including copyright

  • Images that depict or include instruction on dangerous or illegal acts

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