The internet is hardly a safe place for kids, but Google announced that it intends to help make things a bit safer for minors by allowing children or their family members to request that images of them be removed from Google search.
Google search is one of the most powerful tools for finding images online. However, with such a massive quantity of photos, there are bound to be some that subject would rather have removed. With that in mind, Google will introduce a new policy in the coming weeks that will let people under 18 request the removal of their images from Google Image results. Additionally, parents or legal guardians can request the removal of an image on the minor’s behalf.
Google is quick to point out that removing an image from search results doesn’t remove it from the internet entirely, but it will help make the photo slightly less visible with it not showing up in search results.