User Content and Conduct Policy

Our policies play an important role in maintaining a positive experience for our users. 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 again 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. However, 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 and take appropriate action, which includes disabling of accounts 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, do not +1, reshare or comment on such content, even if your intent is to bring it to Google's attention. Instead, flag the content through the 'Report Abuse' 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.

    Do not aggressively add people to your circles.

  8. Ranking Manipulation

    Do not manipulate ranking or relevancy using techniques such as 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.

    Your Profile Picture cannot include mature or offensive content. For example, do not use a photo that is a close-up of a person's buttocks or cleavage.

  10. Harassment and Bullying

    Do not harass or bully others. Anyone using Google+ to harass or bully may have the offending content removed or be permanently banned from the site. 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 Behaviour

    Do not use our products to impersonate other people.

  13. User Profile Name

    To help make it easy for people to connect with you, use the name that your friends, family or colleagues usually call you when creating a Google+ profile. For example, if your full legal name is Charles Jones Jr. but you normally use Chuck Jones or Junior Jones, either of those would be acceptable. You can learn more here. For more information about our name requirements for Pages, see our Google+ Pages Terms of Service.

  14. Regulated Goods and Services

    Google+ is a place to discuss many topics, but not every topic is appropriate for all ages or in all countries. Because the promotion of certain products and services is heavily regulated, we have created tools to help you target your content to users of the appropriate ages in the right markets.

    If your content promotes regulated goods and services, including alcohol, gambling, pharmaceuticals, tobacco, fireworks, weapons or health/medical devices, you are responsible for applying the appropriate age and geographical restrictions for that content. If we receive a complaint that such content is targeting audiences in violation of applicable laws and regulations, we may remove or restrict the offending content or account.

    With the appropriate age and geographical restrictions in place, we allow discussion and promotion of these goods, but we do not allow the facilitation of the sale of the products listed above.

    Learn more

  15. Contests and Promotions

    Do not run contests, sweepstakes or other such promotions directly on Google+, except by pre-approved means. For additional details about this policy, visit the Contests and Promotions Policy page.

About our Policies and Terms

These policies apply generally to the content that you post on our Services. 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 using the "Report Abuse" link (or similarly named link). Learn more about reporting abuse.