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How Long Does it Take to Get Something Removed from the Internet?

By Aaron Minc on February 16, 2016

If your life is being impacted by false, embarrassing, or defamatory Internet sites, reviews, or social media posts the Internet defamation removal and reputation management attorneys of Meyers Roman Friedberg & Lewis, LPA can work to have the offending content suppressed or removed. We guarantee the removal of the offending content of you will receive your money back. To schedule a free and confidential consultation with our experienced team, call (216) 831-0042 or contact us online today.

Why Would I Need to Have Content Removed from the Internet?

The world wide web (WWW) and Internet in its modern form have existed since, roughly, the mid-1990s. Since that time, the reach and scope of the global network has grown by leaps and bounds. In fact, the younger generations who are currently entering adulthood today grew up with and alongside the Internet. This fact means that they may now be particularly Internet savvy, but posts made during their teenage and college years may still exist. These posts may show childish behavior or some of the “extra curricular” activities such as excessive drinking or sexually proactive photos that may have occurred during their teen or college years. In retrospect, these posts may have been ill-advised and may affect your current opportunities and how other view you.

In other instances, people may recognize the global soapbox that the internet and its social media and user-generated content platforms provide. They may realize that they can cause immense damage to a person’s reputation and standing with others through false or defamatory posts. These posts may allege things like cheating on a spouse, drug use, criminality, explicit photos and videos, and other defamatory content to cast the person in a false light. These are only two of the reasons why a person may need to have something removed from the Internet. Unfortunately, many other reasons also exist.

How Long Will It Take to Get the Embarrassing or frustrated young business man working on laptop computer at officeDefamatory Content Removed?

It is difficult to predict exactly how long it will take to get a false or defamatory post removed from the Internet because it is subject to an array of factors. However, one general conclusion that can be drawn is that removal will occur most quickly when you are able to work directly with the website where the content was posted or the poster him or herself. There are certain types of content most sites will voluntarily remove – in many cases quickly. These types of content include:

  • Illegal content – A number of sites will remove content that is illegal in nature. This includes things like pictures of a person engaged in illegal activity like drug use. Likewise posts that impersonate the individual and encourage others to commit illegal acts are likely to be removed. Copyrighted materials, such as a photo taken by someone other than the poster, are also typically removable
  • Child pornography – Most websites will work quickly to remove naked or sexually explicit photos of children and teenagers who have yet to reach age 18.
  • Revenge porn — Revenge porn is illegal in some states, but not all. In any case, some websites are attempting to get ahead of this distasteful practice. These sites will remove instances of revenge porn.
  • You are the author – While some sites state they never remove posts, others will do so if you can prove you are the author.

Of course, some sites may choose not to comply with your direct removal request and you may be forced to take alternative actions. One option is users can ask Google to remove search results that violate terms of its policies. This option can result in a relatively quick removal if Google complies. However, if Google rejects your request to remove the search result from its search engine, you will be forced to pursue other legal options.

In the case of Internet defamation, the individual who wants to remove the content from a non-responsive site must then take steps to hold the individual poster liable. Due to the pseudo-anonymous nature of the Internet, this will likely involve multiple subpoenas and legal filings. Needless to say, this process can take months if not years. However, the benefit is that the victim of defamation can hold the poster directly liable for their malicious and defamatory actions.


Working at home with laptop woman writing a blog. Female hands on the keyboard.Internet Defamation Removal & Reputation Management Lawyers Provide Clear Guidance

The amount of time it can take to get content removed from the Internet varies significantly with the circumstances faced. No two situations or removal requests are alike, but the process can often be expedited significantly by working with an experienced lawyer. To schedule a free and confidential Internet post removal consultation call the lawyers of Meyers Roman Friedberg & Lewis, LPA at (216) 831-0042 or contact us online today.

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