Webcide.com Online Reputation Management
  • Identify the negative, defamatory, libelous, and inflammatory language of the online text or material and familiarize yourself with Google’s Content and User Contribution Policy.

  • Document everything. Take screenshots, compile links, and have a trusted friend or family member create supporting documentation.

  • Contact Google or the webmaster or organization which has published the content and request a removal (citing their policies).

  • Reach out to an experienced defamation removal attorney if there are no formal channels for contacting a website or removing content.

  • If you’re unable to completely remove a negative or defamatory search result from Google and the Internet, consider asking the publisher to amend or alter it.

 

When determining whether it’s possible to remove negative news stories, articles, and other content from the Internet, there’s a plethora of factors you need to take into consideration, including:

 

  • Does the news story in question contain information that is false, defamatory, libelous, or creates a false light or impression?

  • How old is the information? Is then news or news story outdated, inaccurate, or unfair?

  • Is there defamatory, libelous, or inflammatory language in the comments of the article?

  • Does the article illicit defamatory, libelous, or other offensive responses?

  • Is the website publicizing your name or likeness illegally and without your consent, ultimately profiting.

  • Does the information violate copyright or trademark laws?

  • Is there personal information published? For example, your social security number, credit card number, driver’s license information, or banking information.

  • Does the article or news story contain information about a party who is a minor (under 18 years old)?

  • How many sources or websites is the information published on?

 

Unpublishing can still inspire some deeply ingrained resistance in newsrooms, magazines, and other media outlets. It’s an area where newspaper practices and the overall news media have failed to catch up with technological changes, either because journalists still view themselves as writing the first draft of history, or because of plain old bureaucratic inertia.

Unfortunately, bad news doesn’t just stop at the publication’s website. The opportunities for people to share, re-post and blog about negative news items are abundant on the Web, something that can effectively spread that information to all corners of the Internet in a matter of hours, if not minutes.

 

In other words, bad news travels fast online, and can impact your reputation from a variety of angles. So, how do you not only remove negative news articles from the Web, but also any tangential posts (blogs, social media posts, etc.) that keep discussion of that information alive? How do you remove content from Google search results that furthers the spread of bad news?

If the information published about you is malicious and false–and you can prove that–you’ll have a good shot of getting the publication to correct, retract, or delete the information online. Typically, when determining whether information published online is factual and legitimate news, the most important factor in determining whether a removal is possible is by figuring out who the webmaster or organization who published the content is. In most cases, the only way to remove factual news stories is by contacting the publishing organization or webmaster. In other times, organizations and webmasters sometimes don’t even have a formal policy or framework in place to honor removal requests – therefore it’s imperative you reach out to an experienced online news article attorney.

 

News publications present a unique and often monumental challenge when it comes to online information removal. Not only do most news organizations tend to be incredibly protective of their writers, their content and their sources, but they also rarely hesitate to invoke the First Amendment whenever legal action or otherwise threatens the integrity or existence of something they’ve published.

 

Couple how protective most publications are with the authoritative position many receive in online search results, and you have a real problem on your hands. Those challenges, along with the spread of bad news through other various online channels, makes news content removal and suppression seem nearly impossible, particularly if you go it alone.

 

After all, publications stand to lose a lot of money in a libel judgement if they refuses to correct a story that is wrong and defamatory.

 

In this piece, you’ll see why it isn’t always the easiest task when reaching out to online news organizations and media agencies to remove negative news articles and content.One excellent way to completely remove (not simply suppress) a negative news article from the internet came way of the EU's landmark Right to Be Forgotten case.  Using this form, any citizen of a European Union member country has the right to request removal of content containing personal information from search engine results. 

 

This includes the names of individuals mentioned in negative newspaper articles.  Hence, the EU Privacy Request form provides an easy way to quickly clear your name from any negative news content showing up on Google Search.  Unfortunately, use of this little personal reputation repair lifebuoy is restricted to EU citizens; it does not help citizens of the United States remove private information from negative news articles or any other web pages.

And, when you’re dealing with removing news, articles, and reviews from Google, it’s important to acquaint yourself with their Content and User Contribution Policy, which prohibits the following types of content:

 

  • Spam & fake content: When dealing with reviews, factual posts, or other content, it should reflect your actual and genuine experience at whichever location you went to. Fake and duplicate content from multiple accounts will also not be tolerated.

  • Off-topic content: Posting content that is completely unrelated to the location or topic in question will be removed.

  • Restricted content: For specific content subject to controls or regulations, with certain guidelines governing their posting, users must avoid using calls to action or other offers for the sale of its products and services.

  • Illegal content: This includes images or content infringing anyone else’s legal intellectual property right, anything depicting sexual abuse imagery, rape, organ sale, human trafficking, endangered animal products, illegal drugs, prescription drugs to the illegal market, graphic or gratuitous violence, and content produced by or on behalf of terrorist organizations.

  • Sexually explicit content: Specifically, sexually explicit content exploiting children or presenting them in a sexual manner is prohibited.

  • Offensive content: Content containing profane, obscene, or offensive gestures and language will be removed.

  • Hate speech: Speech condoning or promoting violence against persons or groups based on religion, disability, race, ethnic origin, gender, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, or nationality is prohibited.

  • Harassment & bullying: Using Google to harass, bully, or attack other individuals in prohibited.

  • Impersonation: False attribution to another company or person with the intent of misleading others is grounds for removal.

 

First, we look into each unique case to determine if removal is possible. If so, we take every step necessary to initiate removal of the offending news item. In cases where removal isn’t possible, we then design a customized campaign to focus on suppression; a process involving the creation and curation of positive items aimed at helping you safely remove the news content from appearing in Google search results.Certain internet defamation attorneys have developed reliable methods of removing negative articles from news sites and search engines. These attorneys typically utilize U.S. copyright and/or defamation laws to get news articles off the internet. 

 

Defamation Defenders has partnered with top internet attorneys from around the United States in order to add the solutions provided by news article removal attorneys to the arsenal of weapons we employ against negative articles online.