There are three types of sensitive categories: Standard, Restricted, and Under development.
- Standard sensitive categories are allowed by default.
- Restricted sensitive categories are blocked by default.
Depending on your country, you might not see all of the categories listed below on your “Sensitive categories” page. For example, if gambling is not permitted in your country, the Gambling restricted sensitive category is not available.
Standard sensitive categories
The following categories are supported for ads in 17 languages (Arabic, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Thai, Turkish, and Vietnamese), except where noted otherwise.
To prevent ads from any of these categories from showing on your pages, visit the “Sensitive categories” page in your AdSense account and click the Block button corresponding to the category.
Includes birth control ads as well as ads for products, services & information relating to STDs including clinics and medication; does not include normal pregnancy resources or abortion services.
Note that only visitors from your country will see birth control ads on your pages, and they’ll only see those permitted by law. In some countries, this is the only standard sensitive category available.
Astrology & esoteric
Includes zodiac, horoscopes, love spells, potions, and psychic-related ads. (This category is specific to English and Portuguese).
Cosmetic procedures & body modification
Includes lifts, suctions, lasers, hair removal and restoration, tattoos, and body modification.
Includes consumer lending and loans. (This category is specific to Japanese and Korean.)
Includes dating services and online dating communities. Also includes chat sites and apps for meeting new people in general.
Software for download, which is designed to enhance the functionality of an operating system or device, whether desktop or mobile. Typical examples include anti-virus software, file converters, driver updaters, system cleaners, download managers, disk defragmenters, codecs, browser toolbars, ringtones, screensavers, wallpapers, and so on.
Drugs & supplements
Includes pharmaceuticals, vitamins, supplements, and related retailers.
Get rich quick
Ads that offer to share lucrative business secrets with consumers, or which offer significant money or merchandise for little or nothing in return. Includes multi-level marketing, work from home offers, and so on; also includes online surveys.
Includes ads for political campaigns or candidates, ads addressing controversial social issues, ads referencing well-known politicians, and ads touching on events widely perceived to be political in nature, such as elections, protests, terrorist attacks, wars and conflicts. (This category is not currently supported for Thai.)
Reference to sex
Includes ads that are sexually suggestive or relate to sexual or reproductive health, or refer to sex.
Includes religious ads and ads advocating for or against religious views; does not include astrology or non-denominational spirituality.
Ads that aim to induce users to click them by appealing to their curiosity, often using a teaser message with hyperbolic language or imagery. Includes ads that center around sensationalistic subjects (such as celebrity arrests, deaths, or divorces) or aim for shock value.
Sexual and reproductive health
Includes sexual function, fertility, and birth control ads, as well as ads for products, services, and information related to STDs and abortion including clinics and medication; does not include normal pregnancy resources.
Significant skin exposure
Ad images where any part of the adult human body from the sternum to the mid-thigh is not clothed, or the body is clothed in underwear, lingerie, or other see-through clothes or non-clothing items such as a towel or bed sheet.
Social Casino Games
Includes simulated gambling games (including, without limitation, poker, slots, bingo, lotteries, sports betting, betting on races, as well as other card games and casino games) where there is no opportunity to win anything of value (such as money or prizes).
Video games (casual & online)
Includes video games, online games and downloadable games; does not include video game consoles.
Includes weight loss, dieting, and related products and programs; doesn’t include healthy eating or general fitness ads.
Note that some sensitive ad categories and general ad categories overlap. This means that AdSense may classify an ad in both a sensitive category and a general category.
For example, a dating ad could have a sensitive category label “Dating” and also the general category label “Family & Community > Romance & Relationships”. In such a case, blocking either category will prevent the ad from serving.
Restricted sensitive categories
Ads in this category were previously categorized as non-family safe and were not allowed on pages managed by AdSense. If you don’t mind ads from these categories showing on your pages, click the Allow button corresponding to the category.
Gambling & Betting (18+)
Includes online gambling and location-based gambling. Please note that these ads will only be shown to users in regions where gambling is legal. Additionally, due to local laws, AdSense strongly recommends that publishers do not opt in to receiving gambling ads if their primary site audience is intended for individuals under 18 years of age (e.g., kids’ game sites, high school education sites). A full list of these restrictions can be found here.
Includes online sale of alcoholic beverages and brand or informational advertising for alcoholic beverages. Some countries have restrictions on the types of alcohol-related ads that are allowed and will only show permitted ad types. A full list of these restrictions can be found in the Google Ads Alcohol policy.
AdSense strongly recommends that publishers do not opt-in to receiving alcohol ads if their primary site audience is intended for individuals under 18 years of age or if their site contains content where an association with alcohol would be inappropriate (for example, a site about recovering from addiction or pregnancy websites). Additionally, see the following for country-specific restrictions on alcohol advertising:
|AdSense publishers:||Only AdSense publishers in the following countries can opt-in to receiving alcohol ads:|
|YouTube Partners:||Only YouTube partners in countries where alcohol advertising is allowed can opt-in to receiving alcohol ads. See the YouTube Alcohol advertising policy for more information.|
AdSense system classifies ads automatically and AdSense doesn’t rely on advertiser-provided categorization.
AdSense technology will make its best attempt to filter ads from the categories above; however, AdSense doesn’t guarantee that it will block every related ad.
If you see that an undesired ad has been displayed, please block that ad by URL or by an advertiser using the Ad review center.