Summary: The Internet is a notorious site for leaked photos. While removing the photo entirely may be out of the question, there are numerous tactics that you can implement to minimize the damage.
Leaked photos can ruin lives to the point where relationships are skewed, obtaining a new job is difficult, and awkwardness flourishes wherever you go. It’s an anxiety-filled rollercoaster ride that can be difficult to overcome – don’t forget the online reputation management you’ll likely have to prioritize. Fortunately, there are options out there that can revitalize both your spirit and dignity.
Reach Out to the Domain Owner
While it may be a long shot, it’s worth sending an email to the owner of the site that has your leaked photos. Realistically, they’re unlikely to take them down just like that, but there’s always the chance. Be sure that you remain upfront and transparent about the entire situation.
File a DMCA Takedown Notice
If your photo was unlawfully posted as what is now known as “revenge porn”, you can look to file a DMCA takedown notice in hopes that an agent will seize the photo and force the owner to remove the photo. Note that your picture must be involuntarily posted on the site for any action to take place.
Seek Assistance From a Reputation Management Firm
Another route you can take is to hire a reputation management firm to handle the photo for you. One of the primary tactics of these companies is to push the photo into the depths of the search engines. This way, it’ll take much persistence to find the actual photo and instead replace the negativity surrounding these photos with real-life profiles and information – essentially, you’re being painted in a positive light through the use of Search Engine Optimization (SEO).
Leaked photos can wreak havoc on one’s life. With the incorporation of specific tactics, you can gain back one aspect that was stolen away from you involuntarily – privacy.