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.
So while it might not be easy, it is possible to have articles entirely removed from online newspaper publications. In fact, complete removal of the damaging news article should be the first thing you
attempt to do to get rid of the negative publicity online.
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 removal is possible is by figuring out who
the webmaster or organization who published the content is.
Oftentimes, internet defamation is accompanied by a slew of other internet-related attacks, such as extortion, cyberharassment, revenge porn, and blackmail. These attacks can cause severe financial damage and ruin, strained or severed relationships with friends and loved ones,
and even physical symptoms such as depression, anxiety, and stress.
We understand just how stressful and overwhelming defamatory internet attacks can be.
For years it has been widely believed that individuals have little if any options when victimized by defamatory and damaging content on the internet. This is no longer the case.
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.
Google and other search engines recommend that you attempt to get in contact with the administrator of the news websites that have published the negative article about you or your company and request that they delete the derogatory story. Because the administrator's of online news publications can be difficult to find and get a hold of, and because even if you do successfully get in touch with an admin of the news sites in question, they're typically reluctant, if not downright unwilling, to accommodate request to remove content, this option seldom produces the desirable results.
In most cases, the attempt to identify and contact website administrators of online news publications results in a wild goose-chase or a disappointing denial to remove the negative article.
After all, publications stand to lose a lot of money in a libel judgment if
they refuse 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.
Another common approach to removing defamatory news articles from Google Search and the internet is to consult with an attorney. Seeking legal counsel to remove news articles
only works if at least one of the following is applicable:
The news article contains statements that are demonstrably false and defamatory
The news article copied from a source that is the rightful copyright
owner of the content contained in the article.