Google Podcasts policies

About Google Podcasts

Google Podcasts allows you to search and listen to podcasts from across the web, via a variety of surfaces such as Search, the Google Podcasts app, Assistant, and Android Auto.

Google Podcasts itself does not host any of the podcasts you may find through the service. Instead, as a search tool, it allows people to locate podcasts published on the web in the same way that Google Search allows people to find web pages, images or videos published online.

Google Podcasts & search results

Given that search results on Google Podcasts come from public content across the web, result links are only removed in limited circumstances, as is the case with any web content.

Google Podcasts recommendations policies

Beyond search results, Google Podcasts may also present podcast recommendations, such as showing top, trending or personalized recommendations through the Explore tab, or in other ways.

Content displayed through recommendations is given prominent treatment and, because of this, is required to comply with more specific policies. By default, our systems work to prevent any content violating these policies from appearing in recommendations. We also manually remove any violating content not caught by our systems, then look at such cases to understand ways to improve our systems going forward.

In general, we don’t allow content recommendations that undermine users’ trust in Google Podcasts, including, but not limited to, content that is inappropriate, insensitive, or offensive in nature. 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. Below are our policies about recommendations.

Ads and sponsored content

Advertising and other paid promotional material should not exceed your non-sponsored 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. The subject of sponsored content should not focus on the sponsor without clear disclosure.

Sexually explicit content

We don’t allow content that contains sexually suggestive activities or sexually explicit material. Medical or scientific content related to human or sex education are generally permitted.

Elections content

We strive to serve fresh and authoritative content on voting and election processes and may remove voting information around elections if that information is outdated or originates from user-generated sources.

Dangerous content

We don’t allow content that could directly facilitate serious and immediate harm to people or animals.

Deceptive practices

We don't allow podcasts or accounts that impersonate any person or organization, or that misrepresent or conceal their ownership or primary purpose. We also don't allow sites or accounts that engage in inauthentic or coordinated behavior that misleads users. This includes, but isn’t limited to, podcasts 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 podcasts or accounts working together in ways that conceal or misrepresent information about their relationships or editorial independence.

Harassing content

We don’t allow harassment, bullying, or threatening content, including but not limited to, that which might single someone out for malicious abuse, threaten someone with serious harm, sexualize someone in an unwanted way, expose private information of someone else that could be used to carry out threats, disparage, or belittle victims of violence or tragedy, deny an atrocity, or harass in other ways.

Hateful content

We don't allow content that promotes or condones violence, or has the primary purpose of inciting hatred against an individual or group, including but not limited to, 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.

Manipulated media

We don't allow audio or image content that has been manipulated to deceive, defraud, or mislead by means of creating a representation of actions or events that verifiably did not take place and would cause a reasonable person to have a fundamentally different understanding or impression thereof - such that it may cause significant harm to groups or individuals, or significantly undermine participation or trust in electoral or civic processes.

Medical content

We don't allow content that contradicts or runs contrary to scientific or medical consensus and evidence-based best practices.

Misleading content

We don't allow content that misleads users into engaging with it by promising a topic or story that is not reflected in the content.

Terrorist content

We don’t allow content that promotes terrorist or extremist acts, including recruitment, inciting violence, or celebrating terrorist attacks.

Violence & gore content

We don’t allow violent or gory content that's primarily intended to be shocking, sensational, or gratuitous.

Vulgar language & profanity

We don’t allow obscenities or profanities in titles, thumbnails, episode descriptions or any other metadata.


How to report a podcast

If you have an issue with a podcast recommendation within the app, please follow the instructions here to report.

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