Aaron Kocourek

So here is something funny I thought I would share. Most complaint sites such as RipOff Report, Pissed Consumer, 800notes, scam .com, consumer complaints, busted mug shots, mugshots.com and the hundreds of their complaints sites, mugshot sites and arrest report sites all state that you cannot take a legal route to remove their content regardless of what it is. They claim that they are defending people’s 2nd amendment rights and right to legal documents. Today I was reviewing Google transparency reports site (http://www.google.com/transparencyreport/) and noticed that almost all complaint, ripoff and arrest sites have filed legal requests with Google to have pages on their competitors sites removed. Tens of thousands of requests have been filed by them against their competing sites and in most cases they have successfully removed the content. Here are some examples:

http://www.google.com/transparencyreport/removals/copyright/domains/800notes.com/

Here we can see a total of 358 reports filed against 800notes.com from RipOff Report, of these 358 reports all but 3 were successful.

 

http://www.google.com/transparencyreport/removals/copyright/domains/ripoffreport.com/

Here we can see a total of 146 reports filed against RipOff Report from companies and individuals requesting the removal of 423 URLs, the majority of them were successfully removed from Google.

 

http://www.google.com/transparencyreport/removals/copyright/domains/arrests.org/

Here we can see a total of 20 reports filed against arrests.org from companies and individuals requesting the removal of 42 URLs, the majority of them were successfully removed from Google.

 

Now in each of these sites defense most of the requested content to be removed was post on their site originally which was then scraped (whether maliciously by a bot or by a pissed off consumer just coping and pasting their original statements) and placed on another complaint site but this quite clearly that there are still some legal paths to removing content from complaint sites, you just have to know how to do it. It also shows us that transparency, 2nd amendment rights and ‘helping the consumer’ is not number 1 on their minds – it is still about the money.

Written by Aaron Kocourek

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