The Different Types of Restricted Content on Google News
In the previous articles, we have talked about Google News as well as its benefits for users and publishers. In this article, we will discuss the different types of restricted content in Google News.
Why are certain content restricted on Google News? The answer lies in Google’s policy violation. Google prioritizes users’ safety in search and user experience when they are browsing platforms made by Google. Therefore, publishers must ensure that the news content they produce is in accordance with Google’s rules and policies in order for it to be listed in Google News.
Keep reading to learn the different types of restricted content on Google News.
1. Advertising and Sponsored Content
Google restricts advertising and sponsored content. What this means is that advertising or other paid promotional material on the pages should not exceed your content. Moreover, Google prohibits content that conceals or misrepresents sponsored content and requires for publishers to clearly disclose advertising and promotions in content to users.
2. Copyrighted Content
The second type of content that Google restricts is copyrighted content. Google prohibits content that infringes anyone’s intellectual property rights in all of their platforms, including Google News.
3. Dangerous Content
Dangerous content that Google prohibits in this case is content that could directly facilitate serious and immediate harm to people or animals.
4. Deceptive Practices
Google does not allow content that contains or may cause any kind of deceptive practices. This type of content is contents that contain accounts or websites that impersonate any person or organization and misrepresent or conceal their ownership or primary purpose.
5. Harassing content
Google does not allow harassing content that contains harassment, bullying, abuse, or threat to others. Google prioritizes safety among users when browsing their platform, and this includes Google News.
6. Hateful Content
Other restricted content on Google News is content that contains hatred against the background of others ranging from ethnicity, religion, race, age, disability, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, and many more. Ensure that your content does not contain things that have the tendency to hate certain groups as it will definitely be restricted in all Google platforms.
7. Manipulated Media
Google prohibits audio, video or image content that has been manipulated to deceive, defraud, or mislead by means of creating a representation of actions or events that verifiably did not take place. This type of content includes hoax news and disinformation that we often find on the internet. Make sure your news content is correct and according to the facts, nothing more or nothing less.
8. Medical Content
Google prohibits content that contradicts or runs contrary to scientific or medical consensus and evidence-based best practices. This is to avoid misleading information in all Google platforms.
9. Personal and Confidential Information
Google prohibits content that contains personal and confidential information. Of course, content that has personal information and is confidential in nature should not be publicized as it involves or contains matter that someone deem as private. Examples of personal and confidential information is content containing information such as bank accounts and medical history.
10. Sexually explicit content
This content is clearly restricted on Google News. Yes, sexually explicit content. Google does not allow content that contains certain sexual images / videos, especially those intended to cause sexual arousal.
11. Spam dan Malware
Content containing spam and malware is also one of the restricted content on Google News. Spam content is content that is repetitive, duplicate, and unoriginal. Whereas malware content contains viruses, links, or software that can harm websites or computers.
12. Terrorist content
This content is not only restricted, but it is expressly prohibited from appearing on Google News. Terrorist content may not be broadcast on Google News because it is considered threatening
and disturbing the security of its users. The terrorist content in question is content that supports acts of terrorism, extremism, recruitment of terrorist members, and invites others to celebrate acts of terrorism.
The content must also be transparent. Transparent content is content with clear information, source, date, publisher and contact. This is so that readers can get clear and transparent information about content published on the internet.
14. Violence and Gore Content
We all know that violent and sadistic content is one of the restricted content on Google, including Google News. Ensure to never display content that contains violent and sadistic elements, such as events with images containing blood that’s primarily intended to be shocking, sensational, or gratuitous.
15. Vulgar Language and Profanity
You should refrain from making content containing vulgar language, harsh words and disrespect. You must create content in proper language that is easy for readers to understand. Of course, the content must also be able to provide a sense of security and comfort for readers.
Those are some restricted content on Google News. Restricted in this case means that content with these elements can still be seen, but will not appear much in the Google News tab. This content may also not be visible in Google News.
As a well-respected publisher, you should ensure to always create good, truthful and informative content for your readers. Let readers reap positive benefits from reading your content. Also, make sure to pay attention to applicable Google policies so that the content you produce does not violate Google policies. Looking for help to create effective ads that are safe and can increase your website performance? We can help, Talk to us now!
Source from Google Support