User Content and Conduct Policy

Please follow these policies when using our products and services ("Services"). When we are notified of a potential policy violation, we may review and take action, including limiting or terminating a user’s access to our Services.

We may modify these policies so please check back here. Also, when applying our policies, we may make exceptions based on artistic, educational, or documentary considerations, or when there are other substantial benefits to the public from not taking action.

1. Illegal Activities

Do not use our products to engage in illegal activities or promote dangerous and illegal acts.

2. Malicious Products

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.

3. Hate Speech

Our products are platforms for free expression. But we don't support content that promotes or condones violence against individuals or groups based on race or ethnic origin, religion, disability, gender, age, nationality, veteran status, or sexual orientation/gender identity, or whose primary purpose is inciting hatred on the basis of these core characteristics. This can be a delicate balancing act, but if the primary purpose is to attack a protected group, the content crosses the line.

4. 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.

5. Account Hijacking

Do not access another user’s account without their permission. Do not use our products for phishing scams.

6. Child Exploitation

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 from the service and take appropriate action, which includes account disable 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, flag the content through the Feedback link. If you find content elsewhere on the internet, please contact NCMEC directly.

7. Spam

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

8. Ranking Manipulation

Do not manipulate ranking or relevancy using techniques like repetitive or misleading keywords or metadata.

9. Sexually Explicit Material

Do not distribute content that contains nudity, graphic sex acts, or sexually explicit material. Do not drive traffic to commercial pornography sites.

10. Harassment and Bullying

Do not harass or bully others. Online harassment is also illegal in many places and can have serious offline consequences.

11. Violence

Do not distribute depictions of graphic or gratuitous violence.

12. Impersonation or Deceptive Behavior

Do not use our products to impersonate.

About our Policies and Terms

These policies apply generally to the content on Project Shield. Some Services have their own separate policies that can be found within those Services and apply to your use of them. All 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.


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