Why won’t RipOff Reports Owner Ed Magedson Remove A Rip Off Report from the site?
Because they don’t have to….There is a law that safeguards RipoffReport.com, ComplaintsBoard.com, PissedConsumer.com and other similar sites that are built using user driven content. The law is called The Communications Decency Act, and even though it wasn’t written to guard websites like to Ripoff Report, it did just that. Allowing these site owners to be treated as 3rd party individuals and not directly accountable for the content contained within the websites they manage.
It is the writer’s accountability. So even if the complaint is a false, incorrect, and possibly even written namelessly, it’s going to stay on ripoffreport.com forever.
Is This Fair? Not in most cases.
Is this Legal? Yes and No
Can I sue ripoff report? Sure (The question is will you win? Not likely.)
Can I sue the author? Yes and you have a better chance wining. (But What?)
What Should I Do If I have a RipOff Report?
Don’t panic and DO NOT go on the site rambling on about how the author is so and so, and they did this and that… Do not add fuel to the fire or you will find that it will make matter much worse! By posting a rebuttal on ripoffreport.com you will that page (link) stronger and rank higher on search engines like Google, and that is the true problem anyway, the fact that the ripoff report page about you ranks so well on search engines.
DO NOT RETALIATE against the author and get in to a comment or complaint posting war. This will cause you more problems, but it might make you feel better for a moment.
The best thing you can do about this is be smart and invest your time and energy in forcing the ripoff report further down search results. By using quality content and scores of domain names and social profiles you can bury a rip off report link. This process can take time and money, but it works if done right.
Hire a reputation management firm like PositiveBoost.com – We can help you with these issues and in some cases even have bad links like rip off report removed from search engines completely. In most cases we must put our efforts in to getting the rip off report links off the first few pages of Google and Bing.