Ripoff Report Extortion: Enabled by Google
Ripoff Report and Ed Magedson are able to extort individuals and businesses because the website’s high Google page rank ensures that content is indexed at or near the top of the Google search results (SERPs) for the names of individuals or businesses.
According to Alexa.com Ripoff Report is ranked in the top 6,000 websites in the US and in the top 21,000 globally.
In contrast, my blog is ranked in the top 20 million websites.
The Ripoff Report ‘business model’ exploits this high page rank by charging a significant fee to remove ‘reports’ or ‘rehabilitate reputations in the Google SERPs.
Ripoff Report states that it never removes material. Yet, it removes negative content posted on the website about Ed Magedson. Moreover, court documents contain evidence of ‘selling’ removals for the cost of $10,000 a webpage.
Google is Aware of Ripoff Report Ripoff Report Business Practices
Google has been aware for at least decade that Ripoff Report publishes false content and uses its high page rank as a means to extort payment for the ‘rehabilitation’ of reputations in its SERPs. In March 2008 Matt Cutts, the former public face of Google, stated on his blog that they would not remove Ripoff Report unless a court told them to do so.
I have sent evidence of Ripoff Report’s extortion to Google on multiple occasions.
The reason that Google refuses to take action is NOT concerned with free speech. Rather, it is about advertising profits: This popular video by Michael Roberts provides some insight into that question: