Dishonest declarations

Information provided by publishers to enable their use of or interaction with Google advertising systems:

  • must be materially accurate and complete, without misleading omissions; and
  • cannot be expressed in a deceptive or misleading manner.

    Examples: The personal information or payment details provided by a publisher are materially incomplete, obscured or inaccurate. Information provided about a publisher’s website (e.g., in the ads.txt file) or app (e.g., in the app-ads.txt file) is inaccurate. Ad requests that contain partial or inaccurate URLs or AppIDs.

Tips for understanding this policy

Dishonest Declarations | Google Publisher Policies

The following are additional examples that can help you understand the dishonest declarations policy:

  • Providing incorrect personal information. For example, incorrectly submitting your address or inaccurate date of birth.
  • Modifying ad request details by hiding your URLs. 

We strongly recommend that you use an ads.txt or app-ads.txt file. Since it can help buyers identify counterfeit inventory and help you receive more advertiser spend. If you’re dishonest with the information contained with your ads.txt or app-ads.txt file, this would be a violation of the dishonest declarations policy.


Learn more about the commonly used policy terms and what they mean in the glossary

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