A personal attack is committed when a person substitutes abusive remarks for evidence when attacking another person’s claim or claims. This line of “reasoning” is fallacious because the attack is directed at the person making the claim and not the claim itself.
If you’ve been personally attacked online my advice is to consider failing to engage or delaying engagement. If you must respond, then do so calmly. Take the time to demonstrate there is no merit to statements made and others will think better of you for not losing your cool.
Hopefully you will never need have to deal with a serious attack but if you do and want to see it removed, you need to contact whoever controls that content. Most often, this means that you need to contact the author and/or webmaster of the page and ask them to take down the content in question.
1. Consider the seriousness of the post/article/comment.
- Does it distort the facts?
- Does it libel you?
- Is there any actual damage done?
- Or does it merely hurt your ego?
2. Contact the author and politely ask them to remove or modify the offending post/article/comment. If this happened on a Moderated board contact a Moderator.
3. If the post/article/comment that the attack was made on accepts comments submit a civilized rebuttal and avoid the temptation to include a dig at the author.
4. If the offending material is not removed and especially if the other party escalates, set up a separate free blog to counteract any erroneous information about you. Counteract it by publishing the truth about you and/or your company and/or cause. Keep it updated with fresh content because the more new content there is on your blog the further down the offending comment will be pushed in Google search results.
6. If the offending material remains then contact the webmaster and request the removal or modification of it.
7. Type ” Google WebPage Removal Tool” into your Google searchbox and click. Sign in with your Google Account to submit a removal request.
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How to Become a Better Blogger 5: Your Online Presence
Blogging: Online presence and authenticity
Libel: Blogging Rights and Wrongs
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