Defamation Complaint to Google
In response to a legal request submitted to Google, we have removed 1 result(s) from this page. If you wish, you may read more about the request at LumenDatabase.org.
With a link to the relevant defamation claim: https://www.lumendatabase.org/notices/13378139
The mistake I’d made (now rectified in the original review etc…) was referring to two companies DLH Web Consultancy Ltd and Web Consultancy Group Ltd as the same business: it was the “AKA Web Consultancy Group” and similar references (I’ve removed them).
At the time both ltd’s were owned by Stephen Hall, he owned all the ordinary shares.
This successful Google defamation ruling was gained based on a single WordPress comment mistakenly claiming two ltd businesses are the same business!
Be very careful with your wording when reviewing limited companies, otherwise they might manage to remove a valid negative business review from the Google organic SERPs via a Google defamation claim!
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I have had links to my website blocked, but ONLY in Australia. It says it was in response to a “Legal request” but it is unclear if that means an actual Court Order or just a request made through Google’s system by an individual. Can you clarify in this case?
Most likely Google alone.
Google trusts what they are told via the defamation reports, there doesn’t appear to be any detailed checking on Google’s part!
So if someone makes a credible defamation complaint about your site and Google believes them, they trust the person complaining and block your content!
There’s no obvious way to appeal either, so even if you fix a problem there’s no easy way to get Google to reconsider!
When my content was blocked from Google I at first renamed the URL as it’s the URL which was blocked not the content per se. Since I’d not fixed the problem content the person who complained to Google was able to complain again and the new URL was also blocked.
After I realised the error in my content and I’d fixed it I moved the content again (to another URL) and though there was another defamation attempt it failed because I’d rectified the error. The content has remained Google indexed ever since.
If you look through the Lumen database you will see some frivolous defamation reports, I think Google shares them all with Lumen even though they don’t block the content. One of the defamation reports for my content simple said “Slander”, that was it: see https://www.lumendatabase.org/notices/13469251! Clearly Google isn’t going to block content because some moron sent in a one word defamation report.