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Understanding Google My Business & Local Search

Google Maps Upgrade: Report inappropriate photo

While exploring a potential new feature that would allow video to be added to your Local Business Record in Maps (first spotted by Mike The Internet Guy) I found that Google has added an ability to report inappropriate photos for any of the following reasons:

•This image infringes on my privacy
•This image violates a copyright
•This image violates a trademark
•This image contains inappropriate content or violates policy guidelines
•Other (please describe below)

Google notes: “We’ll review each image to ensure that it complies with our Terms of Service and Program Policies.”


In a recent interview with Carter Maslan, Product Director of Google Maps, he noted that the best way to combat spam was to rely on the masses for feedback. This appears to be the one of the steps to fruition on that direction.


And in the Google Maps for Business Group, this posting came through:

TOPIC: What does “Flagged” mean


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Date: Thurs, Feb 21 2008 11:01 pm
From: thall89553

I logged into my acount today and saw a yellow label above my busines
that reads “Flagged”. What does that mean?

I presume, but have not verified, it to mean that Google is flagging your account when an inaapropriate photo has been reported as associated with your business record.