(NEXSTAR) – Google on Wednesday announced a new tool that makes it easier for parents and families to get images of minors removed from Google Images search results.
“We know that children and teens face unique challenges online, especially when a photo of them unexpectedly becomes available on the internet,” the company said in a statement.
In order to qualify for removal, Google has declared the photo in question:
- Must be an image URL. (They will not remove web URLs containing text and images under this new policy, but this may be permissible for other reasons.)
- Must be an “identifiable” photo of the minor in question, who must currently be under 18 years of age. They will also take into account photos of children who died before turning 18.
A child, adolescent or parent / guardian can apply.
You can submit the removal request here on the Google support site. Google said team members will review the request, contact you if they need more information, and notify you if / when the content is removed.
If the request is approved, “This means these images will not appear in the Pictures tab or as thumbnails in any Google Search feature,” the company said.
If you’re an adult and want to have photos of you removed from Google Images, the company has different criteria. They will consider deleting the photos if they contain sensitive information (like your Social Security or credit card information) or if the photo was not consensual.
More details on Google’s image removal policy can be found here.