Some Google Doc users are getting a nastier trick than they bargained for this Halloween. Users are reporting Google has locked them out of their files, citing a Terms of Service violation. An error message pops up saying “this item has been flagged as inappropriate and can no longer be shared,” providing an option to request a review from Google or dismiss the error.
It appears to be a bug rather than an actual violation, and Google is currently looking into the situation, according to their Twitter account. A Google spokesman said they will provide more information when appropriate.
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