Despite the fact that most posted materials will never reach a global audience, when the post is defamatory in nature it can feel as if the target of the abuse is in a race against time before his or her reputation is completely tarnished. In any case, the target of the online defamation may want to take steps so that the fewest number of eyes ever see the malicious post. Thus, for many people targeted with online defamation, the primary goal is finding the fasted way to get those materials removed.
The truth of the matter is that the fasted method will vary based on the circumstances of the defamation including the type of content, the nature of the content, the site the content was posted to, and many other factors. If you are being targeted by an online abuser with false, malicious, and defamatory postings the Internet Defamation removal lawyers of Meyers Roman Friedberg & Lewis, LPA can fight to have the offending photo removed. We approach all Internet defamation removal matters aggressively and strategically. To schedule a free and confidential consultation call (216) 831-0042 today or contact us online.
Removal if Defamatory Search Results At the Search Engine Level
One approach to reducing the impact of online defamation is addressing it at the search engine level. Most people who visit a website will perform a web search to get there. By essentially removing the record of the defamatory page from the digital equivalent of the library card catalog, it become much more difficult for any party to find the page or to stumble upon it.
However, Google and other search engines will not remove a search result simply because you ask them to take action. Rather you must have some valid and supported reason for the removal. For instance, Google will voluntarily comply with valid court orders for the removal of defamatory materials even when the removal is targeted at the site owner or another third party. If you have been able to secure a court order, but the site is non-responsive to your good-faith removal requests this may present a viable removal option. However, it is important to note that a removal from Google only removes the page from search results. The offending defamatory content will continue to exist on the offending website – it will simply be difficult or impossible to locate.
Removal of Defamatory Content at the Site Level
While Section 230 of the Communications Decency act provides the owners and operators of user-generated content platforms with broad liability from immunity. While these sites are provided with immunity from the legal consequences of a defamatory post, many sites will voluntarily work with concerned parties included those who have been targeted with online defamation. Valid reasons that may give your grounds to remove content from a website can include:
- Revenge porn – Many jurisdictions have passed laws criminalizing the posting of revenge porn. Thus, many sites have developed policies and take-down procedures for alleged instances of revenge porn. For sites that accept takedown requests of this type, the removal request must be supported by evidence showing that it was, indeed, revenge porn.
- Posting of protected photos, videos, or other works – The posting of copyrighted works, photos and images without the permission of the person who took the photo or image is a violation of intellectual property rights. Affected individuals can send a DMCA takedown request to have the offending image or video removed from the website.
- Posting contains child pornography – Sexually explicit images containing indivdiuals who have not yet reached the age of sent are illegal. Websites will comply with requests to remove but may require you to work through a law enforcement agency.
While the site itself maintains protections through Section 230, the original poster of the defamatory materials does not. While it is typically the slowest and most involved method of addressing online defamation, taking action directly against the poster can allow you to hold the individual financially accountable for the damage they have caused to your reputation and business. In any case, it remains an important tool that can be employed to remove defamatory Internet postings.
When Time Is of the Essence, Work With an Experienced Internet Defamation Removal Attorney
There are many ways an attorney can work to false, malicious, and defamatory content from the Internet. However, not every approach will be equally effective and efficient depending on the factors and circumstances that are present. The Internet defamation removal lawyers of Meyers Roman Friedberg & Lewis, LPA approach every matter strategically and work to remove malicious postings as quickly as possible. To schedule a free and confidential defamation removal consultation call us at (216) 831-0042 today or contact us online.