Many people are on the constant hunt for Internet fame with that one video that blazes an internet trail and is seen and shared by millions.
But what if you don’t want viral fame? What if your child is featured in a viral video or social post that you don’t want them in?
Content removal is first and foremost on people’s mind, so that’s a good place to start.
Ask the person who posted the video or picture to take it back down. If it’s not someone you’re familiar with, then report the post and request its removal. Almost every social media site has the option to report a post and have it deleted. Facebook has an extensive program for reporting content that people feel is negative in any way.
Removing the post from search engines comes next. This is important because even though something may have been deleted from a social media site, the picture can remain as a cached file or archived content in Google’s search index. You have to send a content removal request to remove cached content from Google. Search engines cannot remove content from their search index until the host site, like Facebook, does it first to the original file. You have to request the original deletion first, and then submit the content removal request after it’s been deleted.
It’s important to also remember that the same content can simply be reposted again and then the process would have to start all over. Find out how the video was posted in the first place and why you weren’t consulted ahead of time.
On the flipside, if you’re hoping to catch those 15 minutes of internet fame and become a pop culture phenomenon with millions of viewers, just don’t try. The most successful viral videos are usually the ones that didn’t start that way.