Google removes images of anyone below the age of 18 from search results at the request of the individual under 18 or their parent or guardian, with the exception of cases of compelling public interest or newsworthiness. This means these images won’t appear in the Images tab or as thumbnails in any feature in Google Search. This article is intended to support you through the process for removal requests of such content from Google search results.
- While we can prevent an image from appearing on Google search results, we can’t remove it from the website that hosts it. To remove the content from the host website, you will need to contact the website owner.
- We keep public interest and newsworthiness in mind when determining whether to stop showing the content in search results.
To consider your request for removal, it must meet the following requirements:
- The URLs submitted are image URLs. Web URLs (pages with both text and images) are not eligible for removal under this policy.
- The image includes an individual who is under 18, or who has passed away before the age of 18.
- You are the individual in the image or an authorized representative, such as a parent or guardian.
- The image is not from a social media account or a web page that you manage.
Frequently asked questions
The intake form has multiple options for removals. Which option to I choose?
How do I submit more than one URL for review?
In the URL field of the form, add one URL per line. You can submit up to 1,000 URLs.
Why do you ask for screenshots in the form?
An image can have content that’s relevant to multiple individuals. Screenshots of the content that’s related to you helps us identify the offending content for removal. We encourage you to edit the screenshots to obscure any sexually explicit portions of the screenshot.Important: Child sexual abuse imagery is illegal and should not be shared through this form. Do not take or include screenshots containing child sexual abuse imagery or any content that presents someone under 18 in a sexual manner. Learn how to report child sexual abuse imagery.
How do I take a screenshot?
You can take a screenshot on your computer or your mobile device. We suggest that you take the screenshot on the same device that you’ll use to submit the form, so you won’t need to transfer the image between devices.
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How do I request removal of content that's no longer live on a website?
This removal process is for content that is still live on a webpage. If the content no longer appears on the webpage but appears in Google search results or as a cached page, request removal with the Outdated URL removal tool.