If there’s a photo of a minor on Google Image Search, it can be removed by request, as Google announced a few months ago. Either the minor themselves or a guardian can go to Google and request the image be removed.
“We believe this change will help give young people more control over their digital footprint and where their images can be found on Search,” Google said in a blog post.
The process to get an image removed seems easy enough. Google has a support link a minor or an authorized representative can go to and request the removal of an image. From there, they must fill out a form where they Image URLs of any images that they want to be removed, URLs of any search results pages that contain the images, and search query terms that surface the images. From there, Google will review the case and reach out if it has any questions.
If all of the requirements are met, Google will remove the image from Google search and inform the person who submitted the request that it has been removed.
Google reminds anyone that “It’s important to note that removing an image from Google results doesn’t remove it from the internet.” Instead, it’ll only remove the results from the search results. If you want to get an image removed completely, you’ll need to reach out to the website hosting the image.