How Do I Remove TheDirty.com

Updated by Reputation X on Sep 17, 2017

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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.

Fortunately, we're here to help. At Reputation X, we have a successful track record in doing what seems impossible -- reclaiming your online reputation. Reputation X can usually remove a post on TheDirty.com within two weeks.  

We can usually remove The Dirty posts within 14 days. 

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 seeking retribution. Posts typically include a compromising photo, a damaging text, or other harmful or derogatory information.

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 for the average internet user to get a post removed from TheDirty.com, and sadly, the law is on the website’s side. Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act holds harmless the online publishers of indecent or defamatory material when those publishers have offered a “passive” platform for posts. Put more simply, pretty much anyone publishing content from third-parties is immune from the potential legal effects of those posts (with exceptions for criminal content or content that violates intellectual property laws). 

To start, 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 cases when there is a legitimate copyright issue, child pornography, provably false sexually transmitted disease claims, or a law enforcement request.

Even if you make a great case for removal to TheDirty.com, they may choose not to budge. While a request for a correction or removal might work for a traditional media outlet, TheDirty.com is generally unwilling to remove defamatory posts.

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

—TheDirty.com

Human outreach is at the core of what we do at Reputation X. When typical methods have failed, we'll pursue an individualized strategy just for you in an effort to repair your online reputaiton. 

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. We're different.

Reputation X is not an SEO company, and we don't use turnkey packages to help our clients. We know that the same approach doesn’t work for everyone. To be successful, reputation management efforts must be tailored 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 you establish, maintain, and rebuild your reputation through thorough data analytics, the creation of excellent content, and widespread publisher outreach. We can also negotiate with sites like TheDirty.com on your behalf.

How to Undirty Yourself

If you'd like to try going it alone, there are a few methods for removing defamatory material from TheDirty.com that can work. Just remember to stay calm. Directing anger toward the site (no matter how warranted) will make it harder to succeed with a removal request, now or in the future, even if you ask us to take over for you.

If you are under 18 and live in California …

Young people in California may be able to have a post removed through a state law called "Online Eraser". TheDirty.com doesn’t believe this law applies to them, but they may entertain a request. You can read the specifics of the law here.

If you own the copyright to the posted material …

TheDirty.com has a dedicated address to receive Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) takedown requests. Responses may take up to three days. More information on their policy is available here.

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

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

What Not to Try

Pointing out dishonesty

Regarding requests for removal, TheDirty.com says, “Any form of truth-based or fact-based request will NOT be considered.” It adds, “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, who merely provide a platform for contributor posts, get a lot of leeway under the law.

A 2014 court case brought by a former Cincinnati Bengals cheerleader named Sarah Jones, who was targeted with a sexually explicit post on the site, ruled that because TheDirty.com curates submissions from its users, the Dirty Army, 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 the ruling was overturned upon appeal in favor of TheDirty.com. 

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. Every case is different, and we won't take your project unless we think we can help. 

Call ReputationX at 1-888-529-4525 contact us for more information and a complimentary consultation.

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