The media is ever-changing, and the public platform that the Internet offers for everyone to comment on is always evolving too. As more information is made available online, there is a significantly increased risk of content-related dangers to your personal or business reputation. Because of this, more people and businesses are having trouble with the issue of what they perceive to be deformation, and seek content removal help from defamation lawyers London like those on the Pearl Lemon Legal team.
Whether you are an individual or a business, your internet reputation is priceless, and you cannot afford for it to be damaged by deformation. When meeting someone new, one of the first things people do is Google them. Whether you are searching for love online, applying to colleges, or starting a new profession, Google is certainly helping people search for information about you.
All of this is very comparable to how customers and other stakeholders in other industries routinely Google companies before interacting with them in the marketplace. Your search results have an impact on your future, therefore it’s critical to keep your name or business coming up positively in searches if you want to establish and uphold a solid reputation.
If bad internet content shows up in your search results, the results could be terrible to say the least. People frequently trust what they read, even if it is false or inaccurate, and they don’t take any more actions to confirm the information they uncover first.
On the Internet, unfavorable information has a tendency to spread swiftly as well. It can quickly travel across the many different social media platforms that are available today, be scraped and put on other websites, and even, overnight, ‘go viral’.
The more content is shared online, the more difficult and time-consuming it is to delete it. To avoid reputational damage, negative internet content must be removed as soon as feasible. Defamation lawyers London like those on the Pearl Lemon Legal team may be quite beneficial in situations like these.
Unfortunately, there is no standardized legal definition of Internet defamation, the area in which our defamation lawyers find themselves working in most often these days. There are also various standards that are used in different nations, which can be challenging because many of the things that are thought to be bad for your reputation that could be considered defamation are posted on websites that are international or even global in scope.
In the most basic terms, some straightforward examples of Internet defamation that we as reputation lawyers deal with on a daily basis include negative postings on websites like Facebook and Twitter, inflammatory videos on YouTube, TikTok, or Instagram, negative news articles published on one of the numerous online news sites, and even remarks and claims made during podcasts and internet-based entertainment shows.
Every day, traditional media outlets like traditional television and radio coverage as well as print newspapers—who of course all have equivalent internet editions that frequently reach viewers that their print editions never could—cause reputational harm via defamation as well.
If you have serious worries about the damage being done to your reputation by negative content, you can – and should – work with a qualified defamation lawyer who can advise you on the best removal strategy for your specific situation.
Our team of attorneys, cyber-investigators, and public relations experts creates solutions for customers to deal with difficult and detrimental content removal situations quickly and constructively.
Our defamation lawyers London at Pearl Lemon Legal are fortunate to be a part of the larger Pearl Lemon Group, a growing collection of businesses that also includes one of London’s top digital marketing agencies and a thriving public relations firm. We regularly draw on this specialized knowledge to help our clients overcome the numerous drawbacks that reputation damage from defamation can cause.
Of course, not everything that is damaging online qualifies as internet defamation. However, there may be alternative legal processes or methods that can be applied to get objectionable internet content taken down.
For the benefit of our clients, Pearl Lemon Legal’s content removal lawyers have been able to remove objectionable and damaging content from the internet thanks to their experience handling a variety of traditional and internet-related issues. The removal of content from news websites, blogs, forums, directories, shaming websites, pornographic websites, and other websites are common tasks for our team and they do their jobs very well.
Our defamation lawyers London can represent you as your knowledgeable legal counsel in such proceedings if the damaging content crosses the line into the realm of content that can be litigated about, such as provable defamation by a journalist in a news article, something said in a video, or something much more sinister, such as “revenge porn.” If you get in touch with us, we’ll be pleased to assist you in determining whether taking legal action is a possibility in your particular circumstance.
Our experienced lawyers use a variety of legal processes and content removal techniques to remove objectionable internet information which can fall under the umbrella of defamation, which is especially effective thanks to our in-depth knowledge of the policies governing social networking sites and other Internet businesses around the world.
Despite the wide range of material removal options that are available depending on each unique situation, we frequently employ one or more of the following methods:
The simplest way to delete anything from the internet that is false and/or damaging to your reputation may be to ask the person who posted it to do so. This could take the form of a cease-and-desist letter, an editorial inquiry, or a diplomatic outreach.
The circumstances of your situation will greatly influence how effective this method is, but frequently, the request’s origination from a lawyer rather than a private person or a company official is significantly more persuasive and strong, leading to quicker than anticipated compliance.
Anyone who has ever attempted to submit a request for content removal, or even content review, to a large organization like Facebook is aware of how difficult and unproductive it can be to even obtain any response, much less the desired removal. These straightforward requests are frequently dealt with by AI or an algorithm created by a machine rather than by a rational human, much less one who is familiar with the law.
Once again, tapping the expertise of our defamation lawyers London can be hugely beneficial. The “clout” of a request coming from a lawyer rather than a private person or company representative can be very potent.
Our defamation lawyers London have made sure that they have established additional contacts and channels of communication within a variety of internet properties and media companies that can get reputation-protecting results much faster and more effectively than can be attained by a non-legal request alone.
Google can be strict about refusing requests to delete information from internet search results if they perceive them to be frivolous, but they have a zero tolerance policy for particular types of content that can seriously hurt a person or a brand’s reputation, such as spam and revenge porn and things like deliberately faked negative reviews.
Despite the fact that Google is unable to remove the content on the infringing website, this tactic can be very helpful in limiting the spread of bad content by preventing it from being found by uninformed internet users as Google can remove it from their search results, which makes it far harder to find.
Additionally, if information that is being used to harm your reputation contains copyrighted property that you own, such as photos, we as reputation lawyers may be able to assist you with filing what is known as a DMCA Takedown notice.
Google and other search engines are legally compelled to remove the content from their search results after receiving such a warning, and other websites will be forbidden from spreading it as well.
In some circumstances, the only option to get something taken down is to file a lawsuit to seek a court order directing a person or website to delete it. Additionally, filing a lawsuit may be your only option if an anonymous person is defaming you. If the person who is criticizing you is using a pseudonym, you might not be able to identify them without the court’s subpoena power.
Having a reputable defamation lawyer from Pearl Lemon Legal on your side can significantly simplify court processes and increase your chances of victory. Court proceedings can be confusing and complex, but our team will guide you through them step by step.
Working with our defamation lawyers London in particular is especially advantageous because they are also authorities in the area of alternative dispute resolution. Where it may be advantageous, they can assist in facilitating fruitful discussion and brokering a reasonable agreement that will protect your reputation and achieve the results you seek without the “offending” party suffering as many negative consequences themselves. This can help avoid costly, and potentially reputation-damaging, formal legal action.
Whatever harm content on or off the Internet is causing to the reputation of your brand or company, we might be able to assist. To find out more about how we might be able to help you, get in touch with a defamation lawyer London from Pearl Lemon Legal right away here.
For a free, no-obligation conversation about how we might be able to help with your current legal issues, please contact us today.