Report Offensive Images On Google Does Not Work

Apr 13, 2010 • 7:54 am | comments (3) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine

I track lots and lots of threads, and many of those threads complain about a search result. Many of those complain about inappropriate images showing up in Google Images. Google launched a report offensive images about two years ago, and they changed it slightly later. The issue is, it does not work. I cannot tell you how many times I have seen images reported in the forums, I then personally go and report them using the "Report Offensive Images" link in Google Images and I wait for nothing to happen.

I then ultimately post the example issue here and it gets taken care of after a Googler reads it on this blog and is embarrassed. But honestly, I would post a new example each day if I wanted to simply report embarrassing, insulting or incredibly offensive search results in Google Images. Now, some Google won't remove but some they will - such as porn and nasty images.

Last Friday, I saw a report in Google Web Search Help of searching for [headache] in Google Images returns a picture of a face completely destroyed. The image is extremely upsetting and bloddy. So I warn you, do not search for it if you are at all squeamish.

So on Friday, I reported the image by searching for the keyword, clicking on "Report Offensive Image" under SafeSearch and reported the image. So did others, that same day. I waited and waited and even today, the image is still there.

Here is the report image feature:

Report Images on Google

Honestly, I have never been able to report an image this way and have it removed without writing about it over here. So does this really work? Does Google man those reports? What is the issue?

Forum discussion at Google Web Search Help.

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04/13/2010 12:30 pm

I've seen image SERPS with the advice "some images were removed by request etc..." So I think it is working. But have never asked to remove one by myself)


07/28/2012 05:12 pm

Yep, you're 100% right...a complete waste of time. And what if you decide to try and take it to the next level and actually contact their "helpful" googley team...what do these concerned citizens give you....their standard response...send us the court order and we'll publish it instead of the actual offensive content: "Hello, Thanks for reaching out to us. In order to process your complaint, please send us a copy of your court order... Please note that a copy of each legal notice we receive is sent for publication to a third-party company. Your letter will be forwarded (with your name) to Chilling Effects ( You can see an example of such a publication at In place of the removed content, a link to your published letter will be displayed in the Google search results. If we do not receive the requested information from you, we cannot process your request. Regards, The Google Team"

Meg Turner

11/23/2012 07:20 pm

Yep, Same here. Have been posting a highly offensive image for almost a year now with no results. Very disappointing Google!

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