ONLINE REPUTATION MANAGEMENT
Google will de-index (remove) certain types of online content
It may be possible to de-index a web page or site from Google search results. De-indexing removes search results completely from the search engine. But it's more than just using the Google removal tool and submitting a request, removing results from any search engine requires the right strategy.
Most people think that what we see on the internet is there forever... but is it? Sometimes search results can be completely removed via a process known as de-indexing. De-indexing removes a search result directly from the index and cache of search results.
Examples of content that can often be de-indexed
Web content that can be removed from search engine indexes includes:
- Copyright infringement
- Child abuse images
- Social security numbers
- Bank account numbers
- Credit card numbers
- Signature images
- Sexually explicit imagery that has been posted without consent
If a particular content meets the guidelines above, then we may well be able to have it completely removed from Google. However, de-indexing is unusual, and is often difficult to accomplish. To that end, it is crucial to have experience and expertise on your side.
US laws vary widely according to each state, as do laws in any country. Anti-cyber harassment laws can be helpful in removing revenge porn: sexually explicit photos or videos that are distributed without consent for harassment purposes, often by disgruntled ex-partners.
Does Google remove revenge porn?
Yes it does. Google has stated that it will voluntarily remove this content upon request, and the company even offers a revenge porn web form that can be filled out for that purpose.
Does Google remove personal data?
Yes, but it depends on the kind of data. Google is willing to remove personal information, again through a simple web form application. Information which Google may consider removing comprises:
- Government-issued identification numbers
- Information used for common financial transactions
- Information that could lead to financial harm or identity theft
- Information considered confidential
Google deliberates requests on a case-by-case basis, however, it does not remove publicly available information from government websites.
What does Google and Twitter do about child abuse imagery?
Google takes an active stance when it comes to removing child abuse imagery, sexual or otherwise. In fact, in conjunction with Twitter, the internet giant has created a tagging system for child abuse imagery, as well as a web crawler to seek out child pornography. Google wrote this software in partnership with the Internet Watch Foundation, which seeks to curb child pornography.
How can harmful online information be de-indexed?
Some of the negative information found on the web can cause great damage, yet it may not strictly fall under these categories. Information that harms your company's or your personal reputation is however, extremely difficult to de-index, even in cases when the information is probably not true.
How to online content deindexed
Reputation X has a long track record of success when it comes to helping to repair company and personal reputations. We can help you in your endeavors to de-index harmful information online. And we can also help in cases when de-indexing requests have been denied. Repairing your online reputation is not easy, and what worked yesterday may not work today. But help is at hand – we successfully transform online reputations every day.