How To Report Offensive Images In Google

Dec 4, 2012 • 8:39 am | comments (5) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Other Google Topics
 

Often I will see complaints in the Google Web Search Help forums of searchers who stumble on inappropriate images while searching for non-inappropriate terms in Google Image Search.

The way a user can report these offensive images has changed throughout the years and I wanted to document how you can report these images today.

As you can see from the Google Web Search Help, searching for [angry cats] in Google currently brings up an inappropriate result. The best way to report it is as follows:

(1) Click on the SafeSearch drop down and then click on report offensive image.

Report Offensive Images In Google

(2) Then hover your mouse over the offensive image and when the image expands click on the "report" button. Then click done.

Report Offensive Images In Google

This user interface for reporting images is not that user friendly, so it kind of does need to be documented.

I submitted this today, so we will see how long it takes Google to act.

Forum discussion at Google Web Search Help.

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Comments:

Robin331

12/04/2012 05:38 pm

i not see why we need to report anything. google tanking our sites, we not will moderate their results for free. Google have indian army, lets them clean their images db.

Jared Wilmer

12/04/2012 06:22 pm

You only see it if you have your Safe Search set to "Off". Maybe the people complaining should set their Safe Search level to "Strict". Just a thought...

Guest

12/05/2012 10:14 am

That's not entirely true. I've just gone to google and had a look and changed settings from off to moderate and the report button was still there, changed it from moderate to strict and the report button was still there.

Daniel Carlyon

12/05/2012 10:17 am

That's not entirely true. I've just gone to Google and had a look and changed settings from off to moderate and the report button was still there, changed it from moderate to strict and the report button was still there.

Daniel Carlyon

12/05/2012 11:37 am

One problem. What is offensive to one person, might not be to another. So how can Google moderate it? They would only be able to go on basic guidelines and then would still get it wrong. So it is better to get user feedback on the images so then Google and the algorithms can learn and evolve.

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