By Aaron Minc on November 23, 2016
Google is the largest and most dominant search engine in the United States and in many foreign nations. In fact, an October 2015 com Score report found that Google held nearly 65% of the U.S. desktop search engine market.
This market share dwarfs its second-largest competitor, Microsoft (Bing), which holds only approximately 20% of the market. In the mobile search space, Google’s dominance is even more pronounced. In the mobile space where Google’s market share is buttressed by its Android operating system, the company’s mobile search market share is likely much greater. Globally, Google accounts for almost 90 percent of the search market.
It is no surprise that people who are defamed online discover the defamation through a Google search on their own name. In other cases a family member, friend, or colleague may stumble across the search results. Thus, many people wish to tackle the problem at the location where most people discover the results: on Google.
While there are many strategies to address and remove defamatory materials from the Internet, addressing the matter at the search engine level can reduce the impact of online defamation.
If you are facing the damaging consequences of Internet defamation, the experienced Internet defamation removal lawyers of Meyers Roman Friedberg & Lewis LPA can fight to remove the offending content from search results. To schedule a free initial legal consultation call 216-831-0042 or schedule a meeting online.
Many people believe that the only way to remove content from search engine results is to obtain a valid court order. While obtaining a court order is one way an individual can get content de-indexed from a search engine like Google, it is not the only means.
In any case, search engine providers will not concede to a removal request unless it meets certain criteria or falls under certain types of abuse. A person asking a search engine to remove content will have to build evidence and essentially a case to show why there is a valid reason for the search results removal. Valid reasons to support a removal may include:
While individuals have a number of options to address the search result returned for a defamatory page or web site, there is a considerable amount of nuance and strategic planning that goes into such actions.
Additionally, it is always best to try and remove content not only from Google, but at its source. Although removing something from search results can be the next best thing, there is always a risk the information can be found or duplicated and posted again in the future.
Google is the first and most frequently visited page to start a search online. In many ways it serves as, essentially, a global information clearinghouse. Therefore, a viable strategy to address a defamatory page, posting, or website is to prevent people from ever finding it.
The experienced Internet defamation removal lawyers of Meyers Roman Friedberg & Lewis, LPA can work to remove Google search results that direct visitors to a defamatory or malicious page. If we are unable to remove the offending search result, we guarantee your money back. To schedule a free and confidential consultation call our firm at 216-831-0042 or schedule a meeting online.