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False Review Removal Strategies: How to Deal with Bogus Online Reviews Written by Competitors

All too often, dishonest companies damage their competitors’ reputations online by making a series of false statements on review-based websites. Competitors regularly seek refuge on websites such as Ripoff Report, Pissed Consumer and Yelp. Each of these websites is structured such that users can anonymously publish false (and even defamatory) reviews....

Dispelling Misconceptions About Internet Defamation Removal

Since launching the Vorys internet defamation group, we have encountered several misconceptions about the removal of information from the internet. Companies and professionals that/who have been disparaged online have several options for dealing with their potential internet crises. Harmful information can be removed from the internet One step that can...

Harmed But Not Defamed: Other Internet-Related Claims a Plaintiff Can Bring

Based on the negative impact on its business, a company may initially believe certain statements or information posted about it online are false and defamatory. Although the content may be very damaging, it might not be defamatory at all. In fact, many anonymous defamers make conscious efforts to ensure that...

How to Deal with False and Damaging Pissed Consumer Posts

Pissed Consumer, as the name suggests, has become a destination for disgruntled consumers to share their unpleasant experiences with various products or services. In fact, the website reports having more than a quarter million reviews about 40,000-plus companies spanning 120 industries. Indeed, Pissed Consumer is not a website where prospective...

How to Avoid Website Domain Conversion by Former Employees

Companies often instruct individual employees to register domain names for the construction of websites on the companies’ behalf. In these instances, the employee will enter his or her own name as the domain registrant, thereby giving the employee administrative control over the domain. This, of course, becomes a problem if the...

How to Remove Harmful Craigslist Ads

Craigslist has become an invaluable resource for people in the United States. and across the world to advertise services, sell products and even meet like-minded people. Although a large majority of Craigslist users utilize the classified ads website for legitimate transactions or interactions, some use it to advance their own...

How to Remove Nude Photos from ‘Revenge Porn’ and Other Internet Websites

Whether it is on Facebook, Instagram, or another popular website, many people today love sharing photographs about themselves and their whereabouts. But legal issues often arise when a person uploads or posts private photos (or videos) of someone else – especially when they involve nudity or are otherwise sexual in...

How to Identify Anonymous Posters on Yelp

In today’s internet landscape, it is very easy to anonymously post harmful content. However, using a fake screen name or email address does not mean an internet user has completely shielded his or her identity, particularly when that person violates a website’s terms or potentially the law. On the popular review...

How to Remove Defamatory Reviews from Yelp

Based on third quarter data from 2013, more than one-in-five Yelp reviews earned two or fewer stars on the website’s five-star scale. Of the website’s 47 million reviews, 13 percent earned one-star reviews, while posters gave eight percent two-star reviews. This is not to say that the majority of underwhelming reviews...

How to Remove Harmful Wikipedia Pages and Articles

Wikipedia is home to more than 30 million articles and has nearly 80,000 active contributors, according to the website. These figures are a product of its “openly editable model,” where virtually anyone with internet access can add or edit content on the website. The online encyclopedia’s strength lies in its...