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How to Remove Forum Posts from the Internet
Online forums provide open venues in which people can freely express their opinions on a plethora of topics in a messageboard format that allows for an ongoing dialogue. Although forums promote business transparency and are helpful because they allow people to share important information, they also make it easy for anyone to post defamatory content about any business or individual without having to furnish proof of their statements. As a result, negative forum posts can significantly damage an internet reputation by creating a false image about someone’s personal character or business etiquette. Fortunately, it is possible to remove forum posts from the Internet, but attempting to do so independently can be both difficult and time-consuming.
Why Is It so Hard to Remove Forum Posts from the Internet?
Removing posts from a forum can be extremely challenging, because of certain laws that are in place such as the CDA Act which protect websites like forums from being held responsible for what the forum members or users post on the website. This has shown to be a problematic law for people who find themselves slandered on forums or consumer advocacy websites. Simply asking a forum member to remove the forum or threatening them with lawsuits typically results in a negative reaction. In the majority of cases in which people ask forum owners to remove content administrators are reluctant to remove anything unless it is in violation of a specific forum rule or guideline. Most webmasters see their forums as beacons of free speech that serve as informational resources by promoting constructive discussions between individuals who are knowledgeable and experienced on a specialized topic. Even if the post contains unwarranted slander you have no legal leverage to force content removal because forums are protected by online content liability laws. Websites like RipOffReport.com won’t even let a user who posted information remove his or her own post.
In many cases, if the post you’re trying to remove does not violate forum rules, the administrator will simply instruct you to defend your own viewpoint by posting a response in the thread in question. Unfortunately, doing this will have little effect in swaying the opinions of readers and will actually only help the post show up higher in the search engines, creating more visibility of the entire thread.
If the Forum Posts Can’t Be Removed, What Options Are Left?
A lot of times it is simply impossible to have a forum post removed from the Internet by yourself, either because the administrator is unwilling to comply, or because the content has been syndicated/duplicated on other websites. In other words, even if the administrator agrees to remove the post from their forum, it is possible that a forum on another site may have already copied or quoted the post.
The most effective solution for removing forum posts from the Internet is a combination of attempting all removal techniques available combined with a reputation management strategy to remove the post from showing up in the search engines. Our forum post removal solution involves making all attempts we can to remove the post through a combination of different techniques we have developed over the years. While we work on trying to remove the post we will create thousands of positive listings with your name or business name to push the listing back in the search engines and remove it from appearing high in Google and the other search engines where people will see it.
Contacting forum administrators independently is not only time-consuming, it also usually yields undesirable results. Likewise, attempting to overshadow a negative post by submitting your own response in the thread is certainly not a guaranteed way to mitigate the detrimental effects that the post may be having on your internet reputation. Unless you’re a skilled writer with extensive knowledge on search engine optimization and plenty of free time on your hands, it is unlikely that you’ll be able to effectively remove the forum post from the top search results without any assistance.
InternetReputation.com is a leading online public relations firm, and has helped hundreds of clients successfully remove forum posts and other defamatory content from the web. Our experienced staff can contact forum administrators on your behalf to negotiate the removal of negative posts, while also executing a content creation and distribution campaign that populates the top SERPs (search engine result pages) with positive information about you or your company.