By Kashmir Hill & Daisuke Wakabayashi, New York TimesLast Updated: Jun 11, 2021, 06:03 PM IST

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For many years, the vicious cycle has spun: Websites solicit lurid, unverified complaints about supposed cheaters, sexual predators, deadbeats and scammers. People slander their enemies. The anonymous posts appear high in Google results for the names of victims. Then the websites charge the victims thousands of dollars to take the posts down.

This circle of slander has been lucrative for the websites and associated middlemen—and devastating for victims. Now Google is trying to break the ..