Google & YouTube takedowns
“At Google we know that revenge porn is upsetting and distressing for victims, so we have policies against it on our hosted platforms. We also have a clear process for users to let us know if they identify content on Google platforms that violates our policies.”
On both YouTube and Google, users can flag offending content by utilising the in-product user flags. Under a video, click on the three-dots icon and then click on the Report option.
After a ruling by the European Court of Justice, Google (and other search engines such as Yahoo and Bing) are required to observe a ‘right to be forgotten’ policy requiring the removal of certain material harmful to people’s reputations where that harm is not outweighed by the material’s public benefit. This applies only for content hosted in the EU. You can read more about this option on our dedicated page.
Google has a policy of delinking revenge porn content from the name of the victim upon request. To request removal, you can fill out this form. You will need to provide your full name, country, contact email address, URL for where the content is live, sample URL of search results where the image appears, and screenshots of the offending content.
While Google can remove links from its search engine, it cannot delete the image or video from the site itself. Google provides some helpful tools for contacting a webmaster of a site to request an image or video be taken down, which can be found here.