Can owners Delete Google reviews?

Answered by John Hunt

Owners have the ability to delete Google reviews, but there are certain guidelines and policies that need to be followed. Google allows business owners to report and request the removal of reviews that violate its policies. It’s important to note that you cannot simply delete a review because you disagree with it or don’t like it. There must be a valid reason based on Google’s policies.

To remove a review from your Business Profile on Google, you need to follow these steps:

1. Identify the review that you believe violates Google’s policies. Make sure you understand the specific policy that the review is violating. Common violations include spam, fake reviews, offensive content, or reviews not related to the business.

2. Sign in to your Google My Business account. If you don’t have one, you’ll need to create one and verify your ownership of the business.

3. Go to the “Reviews” section in your Google My Business dashboard and find the review you want to report. Click on the three-dot menu next to the review and select “Flag as inappropriate.”

4. A form will appear where you can provide more details about why you believe the review should be removed. Be specific and provide as much information as possible. Attach any evidence you have, such as screenshots or proof of the violation.

5. Submit the form and wait for Google to review your request. Note that Google does not guarantee that they will remove the review, as they have their own criteria for determining whether a review violates their policies.

It’s important to handle reviews professionally and ethically. Deleting or reporting reviews should only be done in cases where there is a clear violation of Google’s policies. It’s generally better to address negative reviews by responding to them constructively and showing a willingness to resolve any issues raised by the reviewer.

Remember, maintaining a good online reputation is crucial for businesses, and responding to reviews, both positive and negative, can help build trust and credibility with customers.