Yahoo Search Autocomplete Policy

Yahoo’s search autocomplete function helps users by suggesting searches based on aggregated search query data. However, for some terms we do not provide any predictions because doing so would be inconsistent with the policies described herein. Search predictions that violate this search autocomplete policy may be prevented based on detection by machine learning, manual review, or user reports.

Our process is designed to detect and prevent search predictions from appearing if they are in the following categories:

Hate Speech

Predictions that incite hatred or advocate or condone violence against a person or group based on their actual or perceived race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, disability, health condition, disease, political views or affiliation, or or any other characteristic that is associated with marginalization of a particular group of individuals.

Suicide and Self-Harm

Predictions that promote, encourage, or glorify suicide or self-harm. This includes predictions that encourage others to harm themselves.

Child Exploitation

Predictions relating to the exploitation or sexual abuse of minors.

Sexually Explicit Content

Predictions relating to nudity, sexual gratification, sexually explicit content, or similar types of sexually oriented adult content.


Predictions that promote, facilitate, incite, or glorify terrorism or other acts intended to cause mass casualties, panic, or disruption of vital services or the economy.

Violence, Gore, and Atrocities

Predictions that promote, facilitate, incite, glorify, or trivialize violence or atrocities or disparage victims. This includes predictions relating to gratuitous or sensationalized violence or gore, or violent or gory content primarily intended to shock.

Harmful or Illegal Goods and Services

Predictions relating to goods or services that may cause serious harm and predictions relating to obtaining goods or services in a potentially unlawful manner.

Potentially disparaging or sensitive terms linked with individuals

Predictions that link named individuals with potentially disparaging or sensitive terms that may relate to harassment, inappropriate sexualization, or invasion of their legitimate expectation of privacy or security.

Terms that are fundamentally inaccurate with respect to a sensitive issue

Search predictions shouldn’t be considered statements of fact, and false statements will generally not be considered to violate this policy. However, we may prevent search predictions from appearing if they are fundamentally misleading or inaccurate with respect to a sensitive social or political issue.