Can You Remove Negative News Articles About Me?
The Internet has forever changed the way newspapers, and public information in general, both affect and impact our daily lives. News, on nearly any topic, is often available and accessible through a few simple keystrokes. At times this can be extremely helpful and resourceful. At other times, however, this easy access to information can lead to irreparable harm, both to individuals and to businesses. At InternetReputation.com, we have developed a successful and proven strategy for removing negative online newspaper articles and information from the Internet.
It’s important to know that removing newspaper articles and other bad press items from the internet, is not as easy as one might imagine. Contacting Google, for instance, generally results in an auto reply telling you to contact the webmaster. Locating the webmaster pertaining to a particular newspaper or article can be difficult, and sometimes even impossible without professional assistance, sometimes even impossible.
Can You Remove Negative News Articles About Me?
When looking at removing an online newspaper item, there are several important things we evaluate right at the onset. This helps us to determine the best course of action. These items include:
- How long has the paper been online, and is the news outdated?
- Is personal information published in the article (i.e. financial information, social security information, information on minors etc.)?
- Is there copyrighted material published in the article?
- Who exactly published the article?
- How many sources, i.e. websites, is the article being displayed on?
- Is there inflammatory or defamatory language or comments in the article?
- Is the content inaccurate or unfair?
Our Comprehensive Approach to Eliminate Negative Online News Articles
After evaluating the aforementioned information, we then work to develop a strategy that will effectively remove the negative article(s) from Google search results. The most effective method for restoring and protecting an internet reputation is to identify the negative items, and to then work to remove them. This goes hand-in-hand with a comprehensive reputation management campaign, one which helps you create and maintain a positive online presence.
Other firms will typically only work on one particular method, such as reputation management by itself. We, however, have found that making a reputation management campaign work in conjunction with proprietary removal techniques is indeed the best method for effectively suppressing, and removing, news publications and online articles that are highly visible on Google, Bing and other Search Engines.
Contact InternetReputation.com today. We can take a look at your unique situation, and then help you determine the best course of action.
In the past, long before the Internet became a commonplace informational tool, news would come and go via print publications (i.e. newspapers, magazines, etc.). Much of an average person’s Sunday paper was ignored and thrown away, and most people would likely forget about the weekly news shortly after it was published. Presently, both news agencies and private companies are maintaining news archives that often date back over 100 years or more. These archives, accessible by virtually anyone, often contain negative information that can be extremely harmful and damaging to an individual or company’s reputation. This is why we have developed a fast and effective solution for removing newspaper articles from all major search engine results.
If a harmful newspaper article or press release has the potential to affect your online reputation, and you need that info removed, we can help.
When print journalism was in its heyday, one of the only ways to find an archived story was to use the microfiche library a particular publication maintained. Many people today may be too young to remember the large microfiche machines, those which an individual would operate by turning a crank to move from page to page of any edition of a given newspaper. The information was archived in a way that made it very difficult to access, regardless of the its relevance or the subject matter involved.
Nowadays, newspaper archives are in both print and digital format, making access to any desired article, subject or edition incredibly easy. This poses considerable difficulty to many, as online journalism, regardless of the date or veracity of the article, will stay online and open to prying eyes in perpetuity. It is because of this that many individuals are finding their online reputation unfairly tarnished with internet slander: incorrect, misleading, incomplete and even outright wrong information.
How to you remove negative newspaper articles and press releases from Google
So, how do you protect your privacy and take control your online reputation? What needs to happen in order to remove negative newspaper articles or press releases from Google search pages, and the Internet altogether?
One option many people attempt when seeking to remove online newspaper articles is to request removal through direct content with Google. Google has made its stance on working with news publishers very clear: any given news organization is solely responsible for the content they put online, not Google. This makes this method highly ineffective.
Another option many consider is to work with a professional online removal company, such as InternetReputation.com, which, in turn, will make an ‘unpublishing’ request on their behalf. A study, in fact, showed that 50% of newspaper organizations don’t have a policy in place for handling ‘unpublishing’ requests, meaning that there is some room to work, and be effective, with these organizations. The key, ultimately, is to know what you are doing before making the request, and to make use of such a thing as a Robots Exclusion Protocol (REP) , which helps to make the organization feel more comfortable with the request while simultaneously allowing IR the opportunity to accomplish their goal of eliminating the content from the web.
Laws Requiring Newspapers to Remove Certain Stories Fall Flat
Recently, some courts have started requiring newspapers to expunge court case information from the Internet when the case has either been dismissed or legally expunged. Unfortunately, newspapers are considered an important archival and informational resource, and most, if not all, are extremely proud of this fact. Many publications are downright hostile to the concept of removing, changing or deleting published articles. There are, however, cases where the local jurisdiction has ordered the newspapers to expunge any news reporting, particularly when the criminal record has also been expunged or the news may affect the outcome of a trial, as seen in a recent court case in Australia.
The sad fact is, however, that newspapers love to report what is going on, particularly if the event includes an arrest. Typically, though, they do not follow up on the actual case itself, and even with a court order, the publication will simply avoid removing entire articles by way of publishing print corrections, retractions and follow-up pieces.
The primary responsibility of any news organization is to report on matters as truthfully as possible, not, as some may believe, to protect any individual’s reputation – online or otherwise. This is why it is good to consider an online reputation management firm for your newspaper article removal needs. There are ways to delete entire articles using existing technology, but unless you possess this sophisticated technology for yourself, it can be extremely challenging to get the job done while also saving your online reputation.
Even though you may be able to get your article unpublished, deleted articles can sometimes still remain online, making them accessible to anyone who uses the Internet. A blogger, for example, may have re-published it. Worse yet, the article itself may show up prominently within an internet archive. These archives are simply an online reputation risk when your deleted article is published. In fact, there are even online services who capture and retain deleted articles for publication.
We Can Help
Your online reputation is extremely precious. This is why InternetReputation.com has developed and refined advanced solutions to remove internet information, and to protect your online reputation. Most newspapers do not care about your online reputation and digital privacy. At InternetrReputation.com, we do care about your reputation, and have developed products which address the exact issues newspapers won’t.