Ken Evoy, the owner of the SiteSell.com site, put a post to Facebook on August 18 titled Proof That Google Has No True Googlebomb Algorithm. The post describes a defamatory and malicious effort to do harm to the SiteSell business through use of the internet.
I posted a comment supporting Evoy in his efforts and describing the nine-year Campaign of Terror against the Retire Early and Indexing discussion-board communities led by those posting in “defense” of the Old School safe withdrawal rate studies and supported by numerous Buy-and-Holders (there are also numerous Buy-and-Holders who have expressed a desire that honest posting be permitted, to be sure).
Juicy Excerpt: It is the Decency in Communications Act that makes this sort of thing possible. If sites could not permit known cases of defamation, every site could ban this individual and his supporters once they saw him post. But once a site has permitted defamation to continue for months, how does it justify turning on a dime and prohibiting it? We have created a big mess by applying different rules on the internet than have always applied in the non-internet world. No site owner should ever knowingly facilitate the dissemination of materials known by him or her to be malicious and defamatory and consequences must be visited on those who do so if the internet is to become a safe place to transact business.
Evoy responded to my comment by stating: “That is one of the issues that Google hides behind. Our attorney, an intellectual rights attorney, dismantled that in one of our communications with him…. While the content of the review IS defamatory and malicious, it’s not the issue that this post focuses upon, for the reasons you outline.”
I responded by thanking Evoy for his comments and for wishing him well in his efforts to have this obvious injustice addressed by Google.