October 28, 2016—Professor Eugene Volokh was quoted in Fusion and the International Business Times on how reputation management companies are using unethical schemes to censor the internet. Using fake plaintiffs and fake defendants to craft fictional lawsuits, some reputation management companies are scamming both search engines and the court system into making negative reviews of their clients almost impossible to find.
“People want material critical of them—whether true or false—taken down or hidden,” Professor Volokh said. “They’re willing to pay many thousands of dollars for that. Unsurprisingly, companies have arisen to serve that market—and since there’s often no effective legitimate way of achieving the result, some companies are now offering solutions that aren’t really legitimate.”
International Business Times