Although an official announcement has not been made, quietly, Google has published an entirely new set of manual actions surrounding the Google News and Google Discover guideline and policy violations. These guidelines will come into use when the Google human reviewers check the web pages or websites that capture Google’s attention for not following the given guidelines. If found non-compliant with the webmaster’s guidelines, a penalty will be applied. And the worst kind of penalty you can get is a lower ranking for your website or even omission from search results without being notified. So, to get you through Google News content policies and Google Discover content policies section, our today’s topic is Google News and Google Discover: New Policies and Guidelines.
The New Manual Actions.
Below given are the violated content policies for Google News and Google Discover.
Dangerous content: News and Discover policy violation- any of the website’s content promoting unsafe content that results in any harm to people or animals.
Adult-themed content: Discover policy violation- any content violating Google’s adult-themed content policy by incorporating sexually explicit material, sexually suggestive activities, sex acts, or nudity.
Vulgar language and profanity: News and Discover policy violation- content detected for gratuitous obscenities or profanities will come under offensive language and profanity.
Violence and gore content: News and Discover policy violation- extreme graphic or violent materials that incite or glorify violence.
Transparency: News policy violation- the content included in the website should have information such as the author’s name, the publisher’s name, the publication, network or company’s name, contact information, etc.
Terrorist content: News and Discover policy violation- any content promoting terrorist or extremist acts, including inciting violence, celebrating terrorist attacks, recruitment, etc.
Sexually explicit content: News and Discover policy violation- content intended to cause sexual arousal by containing vivid sexual imagery or videos.
Misleading content: Discover policy violation- any kind of content that is misleading or is used to mislead the users by promising a story or topic that does not appear in the content.
Medical content: News and Discover policy violation- any medical content aiming to provide diagnosis, treatment, or medical advice, for commercial use.
Manipulated media: News and Discover policy violation- any manipulated video, audio, or image content used for misleading, defraud, or deceiving.
Hateful content: News and Discover policy violation- content that encourages hatred, condones or promotes violence, or incites hatred against a group or an individual, including their gender identity, gender, sexual orientation, disability, ethnic origin, religion, veteran status, age, nationality, etc.
Harassing content: News and Discover policy violation- content containing threats, bullying, or harassment, including malicious abuse, sexualizing someone in an unwanted way, disparage, deny an atrocity, etc.
If you are into publishing, do take care that you follow all these guidelines, or else you may have to pay a hefty amount of getting debarred from the Google searches.