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The cost of internet defamation
A while ago we were asked by a victim of cyberbullying why we don’t detail our methods for deleting cyberbullying for free.
She was experiencing some dreadful stalking by a vicious Internet-based troll who was posting comments on multiple websites. And she had a point.
Much as we’d love to put tried and tested removal methods and step by step instructions on how to delete material from websites up for free, there are good reasons for not doing so. The prime example is this one:
Google pulls plug on URL removal tool
Here a “method” commonly used by reputation management firms to remove defamation and cyberbullying from google was exposed, and as a result, google removed that method the same day.
We have a similarly effective method for removing any microblogging post which has been included in google’s search results. It’s nearly 100% effective, really simple, and completely within the rules, but if we publicized it you could bet your bottom dollar it would be gone by the end of the day.
You have remembered that Google, Facebook, and Twitter, etc are not on your side. They promote free speech since this is less time consuming and cheaper than dealing with defamation, bullying, and abuse. Unpleasant pages get looked at, which generates advertising, and that in turn generates money for the corporations. Many of the biggest players recommend that to stop cyberbullying the victim should simply not look at it. Why? Because that absolves the big corporations of any blame. Here’s the classic example:
Ask yourself, is the CEO of the world’s richest web hosting company really advocating ignoring cyberbullying as the most effective approach? Whose interests are at stake?
So back to the reason why we don’t put up our most effective methods for free? Firstly, if we did, the methods, which are all entirely above board and legal, would be shut down. The ability of the victim to remove unpleasant stuff is not in the interests of the big corporations. Secondly, there’s a lot of evidence to suggest that if we charge for the product containing tips and tricks, people are less likely to give away something they’ve paid for.
Thirdly we have costs for this website and bills to pay.
There are some methods that will never be closed down, such as our unique model for automated personal reputation management burying on the first ten pages of Google, which doesn’t involve spinning articles or the spam created by some reputation management firms. This method doesn’t require any money, and we will post details on the method early next year for free on this blog.
Some would argue that such “secret” removal methods must rely on using techniques in ways in which they were not intended or exploiting removal procedures, ie bending the rules. We disagree, and we stick to completely acceptable methods. As for our intentions, we refer to the constitution just like the corporations. They rely on freedom of speech and expression to keep the cyberbullying and defamation up there. We rely on everyone’s right to life and the pursuit of happiness to remove it.
Back to the cyberbullying victim at the start of the post – we removed everything we could – for free. But we didn’t reveal our exact methods. We hope you can understand why, and why the methods we do explain, we only reveal in our products.