What is Historical Revisonism in relation to website content?
Historical revisionism is either the legitimate scholastic re-examination of existing knowledge about a historical event, or the illegitimate distortion of the historical record. For website content, most often historical revisionism is used for the purpose of denial. Examples include:
- An individual volunteered for a non-profit that had problems or a scandal, and wishes to be removed from historical web pages even though he or she actually was there.
- An alumnus doesn't wish to be tied to a scholastic program with a scandal (i.e. Penn State).
- An individual is in trouble with the law, and wishes to disappear online.
- An individual had emotional ties to content, and now wishes to be disassociated with it.
For more information on Historical revisionism, please see
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Historical_revisionism_(negationism) (Launches new tab/window).
What is your policy for Historical Revisonism?
We never put on any content that we believe to be false. We strong urge against removing history unless someone's safety is concerned. When we receive requests from non-paying customers to revise the history of a website, we direct them to the owner of the website, and remind them that they will have to pay for removal. This saves both the client and us time from non-paying requests.
If a paying client wishes to remove content, content can be removed on a case-by-case basis starting at $250 per incident. Payment should accompany any request: pay online. Under no circumstances should a non-client request that changes be made directly to us for a client's website. All such requests will be declined.
Okay, we provided documentation of a restraining order, child safety issue, etcetera and paid the $250. Why is it still showing up on Google?
All search engines periodically inventory websites based on their algorithms. They also store the last copy of information they scanned in their temporary cache. They do this as a service to their users in case an active website is temporarily unavailable. Over time, this will update to match what is currently on the active website in question. Be patient. We do not have any ownership in the major search engines, and accordingly direct all of your requests to them.