How Do I Remove TheDirty.com

Dec 28, 2016 6:27:00 AM / posted by The Reputation X Team

Reputation X can usually remove TheDirty.com posts within three weeks.

A good reputation is built slowly over a lifetime -- but it can be lost in a single instant when a negative story is posted on TheDirty.com.

You can go it alone, of course, and use a do-it-yourself approach to try to get a post removed from TheDirty.com. However, we at Reputation X have a successful track record in doing what seems impossible -- reclaiming your online reputation.

We can usually remove The Dirty posts within 14 days. Guaranteed.

What Is TheDirty.com?

On TheDirty.com, anyone can post nearly anything they’d like, anonymously and without reproach. The site has become the domain of jilted lovers, jealous coworkers, and anyone else who seeks retribution. This typically comes in the form of a compromising photo or a damaging text.

Once a post hits the site, a huge audience has access to it. TheDirty.com racks up an astonishing 20 million page views per month. Page visitors include both the site’s regular users, who call themselves the “Dirty Army,” and unsuspecting Web searchers -- among them, perhaps, a potential client. To further complicate matters, the site ranks very high in search returns.

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What Can I Do About a Post on TheDirty.com?

It’s nearly impossible to get a post removed from TheDirty.com, and sadly, the law seems to be on the website’s side. Section 230 of the Communications Decently Act holds harmless the online publishers of indecent or defamatory material when those publishers have offered a “passive” platform for posts.

The job may be too big for one person, but you can try sending a removal request to TheDirty.com. Most people we’ve talked to report that this approach doesn’t work, except in those cases when there is a legitimate copyright issue, child pornography, provably false sexually transmitted disease claims, or a law enforcement request.

But even if you make a great case for removal to TheDirty.com, they may choose not to budge.

“The minute we see a removal request arguing that something said in a post is false, we immediately stop reading.”

—TheDirty.com

Most people believe that published material must be true. This understanding of law doesn’t necessarily apply to social media and platforms like TheDirty.com. While a request for a correction or removal might work for a traditional news outlet, TheDirty.com is generally unwilling to remove this sort of post.

Reputation X is up with the times. We don’t use outdated search engine optimization methods, and we don’t rely on automation to achieve our results. Instead, we’ll pursue an individualized strategy just for you, with a completely customized strategy, and human outreach is at the core of our approach.

If your best efforts to repair your online reputation get you nowhere, Reputation X may be able to help.

What Is Reputation X?

For more than ten years, Reputation X has been serving a select group of clients with reputation management services. Most companies that offer reputation services are not actually reputation managers; they are search engine optimization firms that attempt to capitalize on what they see as a lucrative reputation management market.

Reputation X is not an SEO company, and we do not use turnkey packages to help our clients. We know that the same approach doesn’t work for everyone, and that to be successful, reputation management efforts must be distinctive to each client. When companies employ a package for maintaining client reputations, its patterns are easily detected by Google and other search engines. This is why many reputation management packages are ineffective.

Reputation X helps rebuild your reputation by creating excellent content and then following up with publisher outreach, resulting in much more favorable search results. We can also negotiate with sites like TheDirty.com on your behalf.

How to Undirty Yourself

A few methods for removing defamatory material from TheDirty.com do work, if you are on a budget and need to go it alone. It is important not to anger anyone in the process, as this will make it harder to succeed with a removal request, now or in the future, even if you ask Reputation X to take over for you.

If you are under 18 and live in California …

Through a state law called “Online Eraser,” young people in California may be able to have a post removed. TheDirty.com doesn’t believe this law applies to them, but they may entertain a request. You can learn more about the law here.

If you own the copyright to the posted material …

TheDirty.com has a dedicated address to receive DMCA takedown requests. Responses may take up to three days. More information is available here.

If your contact information is included …

TheDirty.com website has a button that says “My name, address or phone number are listed in the comments to this post.” Click it and fill out the information form.

If the post says you have an STD, but you really don’t …

TheDirty.com is actually receptive to requests to remove false STD information, but they do require medical tests results, which they say they will keep confidential.

What Not to Try

Pointing out dishonesty

About requests for removal, TheDirty.com says clearly, “Any form of truth-based or fact-based request will NOT be considered.” It adds unequivocally, “The minute we see a removal request arguing that something said in a post is false, we immediately stop reading.”

Threatening suicide

TheDirty.com will not remove posts for threats of suicide; instead, they report such threats to the police. (Although publicly defamatory posts can shake you to the core, we at Reputation X urge you to seek help if your distress feels overwhelming.)

Legal Progress Against TheDirty.com

As stated previously, Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act holds harmless the online publishers of indecent or defamatory material under normal circumstances. Passive publishers, which merely provide a platform for contributor posts, get a lot of leeway under the law.

However, a recent court case was brought by a Cincinnati Bengals cheerleader, who was targeted with a sexually explicit post on the site. Since TheDirty.com curates submissions from its users, the Dirty Army, the judge determined that the owners of the site had a hand in the creation of the content. A precedent was thought to have been created for future action, but TheDirty.com reports that the ruling was overturned.

We Can Usually Get TheDirty.com Posts Removed

Our own ethical practices mean that we don’t take on every client who requests our services, but we are happy to provide more information and to consider your confidential request for information.

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Originally published by Reputation X as How Do I Remove TheDirty.com

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