There are many Internet forums where disgruntled parties launch online reputation and brand attacks. This includes people who post bogus and defamatory blog posts, which usually involves setting up a free blog through Google, WordPress, or some other easy-to-use blogging platform for the sole purpose of bashing them. other parts.
In many cases, it may be possible to contact the host and assert a violation of the terms of service and request the removal of the offending content – whether it is libel or some other violation such as disclosure of personal information (eg social security numbers).
In the case of defamation, most sites don’t want to get too involved and be asked to determine if certain content is fake. In fact, many of the more sophisticated websites say so in their terms, noting that they can defer to court rulings, however.
Therefore, obtaining a court order in which the court declares the content in question on a blog to be illegal and requires removal of the content, and then submitting the order to the website or host is often effective.
Google and WordPress
One of the more common blogging platforms is Blogger, which is hosted by Google (noting that many of these Blogger sites are published through a “blogspot.com” subdomain).
For example, if a court declares content on a Google blog to be illegal and requires its removal, an order can be submitted to Google through its legal removal request page.
When it comes to WordPress, court orders can be submitted to the company directly via email. WordPress usually delivers them to the owners of particular blogs / sites within a day or two and asks them to take action.
If the person behind a blog doesn’t choose to remove the content in a few days, WordPress may consider taking the site down. If the site is suspended or if the content is indeed removed but the site is not completely removed, WordPress URLs can be submitted to Google for the removal of the outdated cache page from search results.
For blogs run on other websites, it is again useful to review the terms of service or rules of the host to see if they will consider deletion due to a content violation. A lawyer who has obtained a court order can still try to submit the order to the host, but smaller-scale operations don’t always have a process to handle them.
Thus, if a site refuses to remove libelous content under a court order, or perhaps completely ignores a removal request, the URL (s) may be submitted to Google for deindexing or removal from Google search results. com.
While a complete removal from the Internet is ideal, removing content from search results – so that a client / potential customer or other affected party does not come across false and defamatory information when searching on Internet – is also an alternative to consider.
Defamed parties may also try to obtain personally identifying information from unknown bloggers / authors by citing hosting websites – whether Google, WordPress (via Automattic, Inc.) or another host – and potentially by suing the actual content creators after revealing their identity.