Google's recent freeze on granting defamation removal requests has eased slightly. Even so, the company's actions around harmful and dishonest articles attacking the reputations of individuals and organizations continue to be mysteriously inconsistent. In Shadow Making this column, I will share some facts and thoughts on how victims of defamation should proceed in today's environment. Before I begin, let me take a moment to tell you that I work in the field Shadow Making of online reputation management. In my previous post on this topic, an online expert claimed that I failed to disclose that I do in the normal place for such disclaimers, although I mentioned working on such case in the text of the chronicle.
While this reviewer didn't point out anything I wrote that Shadow Making was wrong, he did suggest that my points should be discounted or suspect because I work to help people manage and repair their online reputation. In fact, despite my somewhat impassioned criticism of Google on behalf of victims of online defamation in that previous article, I would do well to Shadow Making see Google stop the moves, because my company makes money Shadow Making helping people manage their online reputation using search engine optimization (SEO) and other tactics that are not necessary during deletions. The background on the gel As I pointed out just over a month ago.
Google essentially halted processing defamation takedown requests, even when accompanied by duly executed court orders specifying URLs containing Shadow Making defamatory content. I learned this from interviewing a number of attorneys across the United States who specialize in defamation cases and using court orders establishing content as defamatory as a way to get Google to remove URLs from their search results. For perhaps a decade now, this Shadow Making process has brought relief to people who had little other options for removing harmful and false representations about themselves from prominent visibility. According to attorneys I interviewed (some of whom showed me communications directly from Google), at the time Google largely suspended all new takedown requests.