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We can delete or remove negative content from a number of websites. When we can accomplish this, it means that the negative content will be removed completely and will no longer appear on the website, or in search engines. This process typically takes 2-4 weeks and is backed up by our Service Guarantee.


Many people believe asking newspapers to unpublish articles will quickly result in the removal of the article from Google and the Internet.  "Unfortunately, many times simply asking for removal of the content is not enough.  Even if the information contained in the article is inaccurate, outdated, or overly defamatory it is possible the editor will not comply with a removal request,"  "We have found numerous effective solutions to removing newspapers from the Internet, it just takes a little creativity.


"Outdated newspaper articles can remain on the Internet for years.  Sites like have articles dating back to the 1800s.  If information is available via a public database or private, chances are it is going to end up on the Internet, so creating an effective reputation management strategy is essential in the current sphere of the Internet.


"We have seen clients who after contacting the newspaper agency and asking for removal ended up having an additional story submitted on them or the offending article updated with new information.  Having a story updated will only make it more problematic.  It is best to avoid any updates to unwanted articles or new stories relating to the offending article." recommends hiring a professional to discuss and look at possible options before doing anything that can't be undone.  "We advise our clients not to contact the newspaper agency and to let us take over and work on what we do best." 


The Internet has changed the way everyone can access information, including amount and speed.  With a few keystrokes people can now perform entire background checks completely anonymous from anywhere, anytime. 


ournalists are outsiders looking in on the stories they cover. By nature, they don’t always get the facts straight. If you see an news article with objectionable content, you might be to get it corrected, removed or, if it’s bad enough, officially retracted. Getting these kinds of changes made requires meeting a high standard. If you have a subjective disagreement, or a different interpretation of the facts, you won’t get anywhere. There has to be an objective factual mistake of some kind, or a clearly libelous or slanderous statement. Anything less you must grit your teeth and accept.




Step 1


Document the elements of the article that you would like to have changed. For factual errors in the article, provide the correct information from a verifiable source, or at least be prepared to provide verifiable evidence that the existing facts are wrong. For slander or libel, simply highlight the offending passages, and, if applicable, prepare a brief explanation of the injury that the statements might cause to you or your business, or to the relevant people and businesses involved. Copy the article’s web address, or URL, and take a screenshot or a photo of the head of the article to document that it was published online.


Step 2


Prepare a script in advance of the things you want to say, if you have a hard time handling conflict with strangers. This way you won’t forget anything, derail the conversation by going off on tangents or lose your temper. Stick to the bullet points and avoid writing a speech.



Step 3


Call the newspaper’s offices, explain that you have a correction to make, and ask for the desk of the department that ran the story, such as the city desk, the features desk or the sports desk. Don’t ask for the paper’s Web producers: Go straight to the newsroom and the editors — unless you know that only the online version of the article, and not the print version, contains the offending material. You can find newsroom contact information from most newspapers’ websites, though you may have to dial a general number to begin.


Step 4


Tell the editor or assistant at the relevant news desk that you wish to have the offending article corrected or removed. Be ready to identify the article’s headline, date, author and URL if asked. When asked about your specific complaint, be direct and courteous -- don't shout, ramble or make imperious demands. Start by explaining the problem, follow up with a brief expectation of what you want to see happen and then supply the supporting documentation you have prepared when the editor requests it.


Step 5


Accept the editor’s decision, whatever it may be. Newspapers won’t make changes unless they made a clear error. If, after discussing the matter and seeing the editor’s point of view, you still disagree with the decision, tell this to the editor, and ask what you need to do to get the result you want. The editor may give you some actionable advice, such as additional information you can collect. In lieu of this, say that you aren’t pleased with the decision. Either way, advise that you may be in touch again later to follow up. At all times keep a level head. Don’t threaten to sue or harass the newsroom.


Step 6


Ask the editor whether the story was published to the wire service for other outlets to run. Many stories are, and thus the same story might appear in other newspapers and websites across the nation. Ask whether the source newspaper will see that these other outlets make the appropriate changes or whether you have to do it yourself. It is reasonable for you to insist that they correct their own mistake, but if the editor puts the onus on you, ask him to find out which outlets ran it and provide you with their contact information. If the editor doesn’t know where the story was published, the onus reverts to you to cast as wide a net as you can. You may have to contact each news website individually and repeat the process.


Step 7


Ask at the end of the phone call for the editor’s direct phone number or the number of someone else you can call to resume the conversation.



Make any extra efforts the newsroom asked for, if applicable, to get the offending story corrected or removed. Once you have what the editor wants, call and try again.



  • Hire an attorney if you feel that the article must be corrected or removed and you are not successful on your own. A consultation will give you an idea of whether you have grounds to proceed with the threat of litigation.

  • Calling a newspaper, rather than using email or snail mail, yields the fastest and most dependable results. If you live or work near the newspaper’s offices, you can try visiting in person, but due to security fears you might not be able to get in. Call and ask before visiting.