SUMMARY: Reputation hackers that continue to abuse people and companies online by posting false information about them often rank content highly. Unfortunately, they often hide behind anonymous usernames on websites that allow for publishing defamation content about small businesses and other people. They can even use Google to ensure that their content will rank highly through sites like Ripoff Report (owned by Ed Magedson). Someone may wonder, do search results today represent integrity or sometimes other false motive?
Among the many victims includes 3000 Records, a small business that has been in operation for over 22 years. “It’s hard to read the false content published, and realize that someone would maliciously attack my personal reputation, and company that I worked to build throughout much of my life,” said Terrance D. Schemansky.
In today’s society, people often use Google to research a person or company either out of curiosity or other reasons. For example, people search with Google about products or services before making a purchase decisions. Employers search Google about people before making employment decisions. However, even when completely untrue, if anything shows up on Google that even questions someone’s credibility it can cost them greatly.
Unfortunately, Google policy requires a court order to de-list alleged defamation of character content published, and then indexed by Google. This leaves victims of defamation of character due to libel practically unable to fend for themselves, that is unless they have thousands dollars to hire a law firm. Eventually false content may be de-listed by Google if a court order is sent.
After some patient consideration, Terrance decided to use the website Quora to create a transparent blog post about the defamation of character he experienced. This can be found at https://3000recordsreview.quora.com/Complaint-Review-3000-records-Terrance-D-Schemansky Since the attack, he has been learning about the importance of reputation management online, something he never even thought about until this year.
While any person or small company might be left vulnerable to reputation hackers, Terrance expressed that nobody can understand what it feels like unless it happens to them personally. In the USA, and based on 1st amendment rights, absolutely nobody deserves to be defamed due to libel and slander. However, it’s not something that is within the control of many victims who rank highly with alleged defamation content about them, especially showing up in Google search.
Unfortunately, for companies like 3000 Records that have been greatly effected, their legal options are greatly limited. Even after publishing legitimate content that may eventually outrank the defamation content, the false content still ranks highly. As 3000 Records continues to move forward diligently, the company owner has learned a powerful lesson.
Terrance said, “Google staff told me I needed to actually send them a court order to remove content that ranks highly after I notified them that the content was defamatory. But what about search integrity?” Terrance suggested he may take legal action to have defamation content eventually de-listed by Google, but the legal expenses would be too high for his small business. Meanwhile, he continues to work hard to support his family, and perhaps more than ever to keep his business moving onward.