Pictures that appear on Google image results are actually hosted by a different service (i.e. not Google). In order to remove pictures that appear in Google image results:
Submit a report to the website where the picture is being displayed: To determine
where the picture is displayed, access the picture in the Google search results and view the full image.
This will provide the website address for the picture. Information about the website where the picture
is displayed can be found within the website address for the picture. For example, if the website
address for the picture is http://www.websitedomain.ca/
imageinformation.jpeg, the site where the picture is displayed would be http://www.websitedomain.ca. Access this website and look for information about how to contact the provider to request the removal of your picture/video. When contacting the provider:
- Include your age: It is important to tell them if you are a child/youth. Include your age at the time the picture/video was taken as well as your current age.
- Say that you are the person in the picture/video: If you are recognizable in the picture/video, include this as well – this may give your report a higher priority.
- Say that you did not post the picture/video, did not agree to it being posted and want it removed: They need to know that you object to the continued posting of the picture/video.
- Let them know if you sent the picture/video to someone else: Include those names as most providers set out rules for the type of content that can be posted and those who break the rules may be prevented from posting content in the future.
- Dealing with cached website content: Once a picture/video has been removed from a website, the content may continue to appear in Google search results. This happens because Google takes a snapshot of each page and caches (stores) that version. It may take some time for Google to revisit the webpage to update its cache which is why your picture may continue to show up in Google results even though it’s been removed from the website. You can submit a request to Google to have the cached page removed. Select “Remove outdated content” and follow the directions provided by Google.
- Submit a request to Google to remove the content: If a nude or sexually explicit image or video has been shared without your consent and is appearing in Google search results, submit a report directly to Google.
We update the content on this page quarterly but because online services may change their reporting processes, you may find the instructions above do not work. If that occurs, do your best to adjust the process to match what you are seeing onscreen – it may be that a simple adjustment is all that is required (e.g. if the precise drop down option listed above does not appear, try choosing the option that is closest to what is suggested above). If all else fails, you can also contact us and we can try to assist you with the process.
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— Ernestine (character from How Sweet the Sound by Amy K. Sorrells)