For several weeks, with Google’s form for the right to be forgotten, thousands of people have hoped to remove negative content about them, visible in search results. The same wind of optimism is blowing in companies. Yet truly erasable content is rare, very rare. Unless the content actually violates the law , at Drapeau blanc, we even believe that, sometimes often removing them risks making the situation worse as a result of  NEGATIVE CONTENT the Streisand effect . Here are some examples of content that doesn’t disappear so easily either from Google or other digital spaces for that matter.

Delete a post on Facebook

To get rid of a cumbersome post on a negative content  Facebook page, the community manager can “hide” it, thus causing it to disappear from the page. But the thing is misleading because the post has not totally disappeared from Facebook. It is always present on the wall of its author and therefore, visible by himself and by his friends. You will have to click on “delete” to see it actually deleted NEGATIVE CONTENT.

Delete a Facebook Page

To request the deletion of a page on Facebook, it is necessary to make a reasoned request to Facebook. Operationally, the process is tedious, exchanges with Facebook time-consuming, the procedure complex. But let’s move on. If the operation succeeds, and Facebook deigns to accede to your request, the page no longer appears at the corresponding URL. On the other hand, it still has an existence… in the eyes of Google in any case. Explanations.

Before its “deletion”, the page was referenced by Google, even well positioned on the first pages of results. It is also this good positioning that leads to wanting to make it disappear… Is a deletion request to Google possible? No. With or without a right to be forgotten form NEGATIVE CONTENT, Google refuses to delete this result from its databases.

The reason: the content has not disappeared! Let’s say, he didn’t disappear “for real”. In fact, Facebook hides the page, it does not delete it. And Google always detects this content… so for him, there is no reason to delist…

The content you requested to be removed

appears on an online page

Delete a forum post

An administrator or moderator can, according to the terms of the charter, delete a message from his forum. It will no longer be visible on the forum or in search engines NEGATIVE CONTENT. But again, the terms “delete” or even “delete” are a decoy because this message does not disappear entirely. It must be kept.

It is even a legal obligation that requires a forum administrator to keep track of ALL messages for one year. Objective: to be able to provide justice with this content in the event of legal proceedings. These messages can be added to the file to prove damage suffered, for example. Clearly, on forums, as on social networks, it is better to turn your keyboard this time…, before posting.

Delete Snapchat picture

Snapchat, the content network supposed to vanish from mobile phone memories a few seconds after being sent. The concept is attractive but obviously, a few months after the launch of the social network, a software flaw was detected there which makes it possible to find deleted files in the folders of the phone

Worse, (but phew, Snapchat warns its users), just a screenshot of their mobile to immortalize the ephemeral shot…

Delete a Tweet

Last case to have hit the headlines, the case of Nadine Morano’s tweet posted a year ago, recently deleted by its author and republished by Politwoops in the form of a screenshot.

Another recent example is Derek Freal, the blogger expelled from Indonesia for a tweet deemed offensive by the Indonesian authorities. The tweet in question remained online for five minutes. Realizing his mistake (an insult to the country’s customs services), he withdrew his tweet immediately, but it was too late.

So, of course, politicians are a class apart and their communication marketing responds to a particular logic. Influential bloggers are also closely watched. It prevents. Without going so far as to take yourself for politicians monitored by Politwoops, a simple retweet is enough to engrave your remarks in the memory of the Internet… especially if it has been retweeted several times!

The permanence of content on the Internet and on social networks is a real subject. As unfair as it is, old, outdated and inappropriate content remains visible on the Internet and while Google has taken a step towards individuals, the situation is complex for businesses.

Remove harmful online content

Let’s see the definition of the term ” defame “. 

According to the Larousse , these are: 

“To seek to destroy someone of reputation by imputing to him an act which undermines his honor, his consideration. »

Thus, publishing harmful data on the Internet can be a criminal offense.

If there is defamatory content on the Internet that is jeopardizing your e-reputation , don’t worry, you can get away with it.

As a first step, we advise you to take advantage of the help of experts in removing negative links.

If you do it yourself, it will take years to get a response.

Our team is made up of professionals from 26 different countries: we operate from a multicultural perspective and solve any reputational crisis .

You can have a much faster, 100% efficient process that is based above all on strong company values ​​and ethical principles. 


The Right to be Forgotten , although encompassed in the 2016 GDPR, presents itself as a difficult mechanism to implement.

It always takes too long for Google to review de-indexing and removal requests . And the results are often negative.

For this reason, the most appropriate and fastest solution, for those who need to enforce their rights in real time, is to contact a specialized company.


In this guide, we have explained how to remove unwanted data from the Internet and protect your privacy from outdated and harmful content.

Therefore, the conclusions we can draw are:

  • It may happen that your fingerprint is affected by defamatory content linked to your past which jeopardizes your e-reputation;
  • The Right to be Forgotten is the legal protection that allows you to preserve your reputation, by eliminating information that is no longer relevant;
  • Opinions, opinions and anything related to a person’s point of view have a major impact on your reputation ;
  • It is possible to ask search engines to remove negative information from the Internet which is not updated and which damages the image of the applicant;
  • Deleting all accounts linked to your name is a major step; it is essential to unsubscribe from social networks, applications and emails.
  • Lawmakers reiterated the importance of the Right to be Forgotten and established that outdated and harmful content can be deleted . 

As this is a complicated process that requires rather long lead times, it is always better to turn to specialized companies.