How to remove False, libelous information that ranks on top of Google ?

 

Did someone published false information about you , your family or your business ?

 

You can remove this information from the internet in a permanent way .

 

Contact Webcide.com , we will show you how the process works .

In the United States and in many countries around the world, truthful statements about another person are safe to publish. However, publishing outright lies with the intent to defame or injure the reputation of others is illegal.

 

In the U.S., the victim of libel has the right to bring a civil lawsuit against the defamer. Such lawsuits are usually very expensive and not worth the effort for most people. If you find that someone has published untrue information about you online, there are less expensive and more effective ways to remove that false libelous information from the web.

 

f you’ve contacted the webmaster and they are unwilling to cooperate, then the first part of this battle will be firing off as many abuse violation reports as needed. Your first order of business is to report a violation to their web host. It’s important that you find a violation on the web page that goes against the terms and conditions of the host. Most web hosts do not allow libel or copyright infringement.

 

For example, Hostdime, the web host of the offending site listed above, provides an “Unauthorized Personal Material” claim form. One of the first things HostDime will do when they receive such a report is to “Expeditiously remove or disable access to the personal material that is claimed to be unauthorized.” This occurs immediately! There is no faster way to remove a website with libel on it. All you need to do is find any place on the website where the author makes use of your name, personal information or any other “personal material,” without your permission.

 

Another approach is to remove information from Google and get that web page delisted from the search engines. Google is the powerhouse of online search rankings, so getting delisted from Google would virtually destroy any chance the offending website would have of getting any visibility. There are specific situations when Google will willingly remove the site from their listings.

 

Those situations include when any of the following are published on a web page:

 

* Your social security or government ID number
* Your bank account or credit card number
* An image of your handwritten signature
* Your name or business published on an adult content site spamming Google’s search listings.
* Infringement of copyrighted content like text or images

In most cases you can use Google’s web page removal request tool to submit your request to Google.

 

If the website that’s posted libel about you hasn’t broken any privacy rules, you still have a chance of removing their site from Google if you can find a case of abuse related to Google’s Terms and Conditions. Search the website and try to find examples of any of the following.

 

* If the site is just spam
* If the site buys or sells links
* If the site is infected with malware or malicious software

 

If you can identify any of the above activities on the website, submit a report to Google using the Spam Report Tool.

 

 

  • Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) takedown request: The DMCA is a federal law that addresses the issue of copyright infringement.  This is typically utilized when a client’s copyrighted photo has been posted on a website without their consent. If we submit a DMCA notice on behalf of a client to a website, and the website does not remove the client’s photo or remove it “expeditiously,” this may open up the opportunity to sue the website for copyright infringement. In the event of non-compliance by a website, there are numerous other entities (i.e hosting provider, search engines) we can send a DMCA notice to in order to get the infringing photo removed. We have utilized this strategy to successfully remove images as well as damaging posts from offending websites. In other cases where websites and hosts are intentionally difficult to contact, a DMCA takedown can be submitted to search engines in order to de-index links and photos from search results.

 

Court Order: One of the most commonly used legal strategies to remove or de-index false and defamatory information from search results is through a court order. When a website is presented with a court order stating content they are hosting has been declared defamatory by a court of law, the website will almost always remove it expeditiously. In the unlikely event that the website does not remove the defamatory content from their website, there is a defined process to get the link (that leads to the defamatory information) removed from Google. When someone searches for your name or business after the link is removed from search results, the former defamatory post will be replaced with a message at the bottom of search results:

 

Stipulated Judgment: In specific circumstances obtaining a stipulated judgment is the best option for a client. “A stipulated judgment is an agreement between the parties to a case, which settles the case. Such agreement or settlement becomes a court judgment when the judge sanctions it “ – uslegal.com.Stipulated Judgments are most commonly used in one of the following scenarios: (1.) When a website that hosts user generated content has policies that state once something has been posted on their website, it will never be removed – even in the event the original poster wants to remove or redact false/defamatory information that they posted… Yes, unfortunately, websites are legally able to do this. (2.)When a poster of defamatory content online has been identified, and they agree to a stipulated judgment – which could be due to a number of reasons. Obtaining a stipulated judgment is one of quickest ways to get defamatory information de-indexed from Google.

 

 

Mediation: We typically use the mediation strategy in situations when there is a user generated review or “complaint” type website that meets the following conditions: A.) The original poster has the ability to edit or remove their original review/complaint and B.) The individual/company has the ability to communicate with the original poster in some way through the website itself (i.e Yelp). We utilize a mediation specialist to help our clients come to a resolution with posters of negative and damaging content online. More often than not, once the original poster’s complaints are addressed, they will retract negative statements or remove their posting entirely.

 

Negotiation: In my opinion, any type of negotiation to get damaging content removed from the Internet should only be attempted by an experienced attorney that specializes in Internet Law. There are typically numerous other removal strategies to consider before seriously exploring negotiation as an option. We have worked directly with attorneys who have successfully helped our clients get damaging content removed through negotiation.

 

Arbitration: What you will find with many websites that induce negative content (i.e Ripoff Report), is that they have developed arbitration programs for companies/individuals on the site to dispute the validity of a posting.

 

The sites typically overview their arbitration program in the following way with slight variations:

 

“XXXX established the XXXX Expedited Arbitration Program to offer a platform for an efficient, inexpensive, unbiased Arbitration of the truth or falsity of a particular post on XXXX and the merits as to the possible redaction, removal or other reasonable solution regarding a post. If the Complainant believes that the Author of the Post included one or more false statements of fact, the Complainant may use the XXXX Expedited Arbitration Program to obtain an independent decision from a neutral arbitrator regarding the truth or falsity of the posting.”

 

We have found that these “arbitration programs” will range from a couple hundred to thousands of dollars – most people will say that is ludicrous, and grossly unfair. Website owners will take the stance that there is no realistic way they can determine what content is true vs. false, therefore independent arbitration is the best method to remove or redact false statements from their website.

 

In certain circumstances, arbitration is realistically the most effective and affordable solution for clients to remove damaging content from a particular website. In these cases, we can represent clients in arbitration proceedings or help them navigate the complexities of the arbitration process in order to give them the best chance at resolving their online reputation issue.

 

Personal Information: There are some situations where a client’s personal information is posted online in conjunction with false and defamatory information. Situations like these open up the opportunity to potentially get the damaging information de-indexed by notifying search engines directly.Google makes it clear what type of personal information they may remove from their search engine results