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    "Web of Trust is a scam, blackmail operation. Extortion."

    November 23, 2011  |   By Cowicide


    Web of Trust is being sued.


    Pay or have your website marked as "dangerous" and lose Facebook visitors. Web of Trust practices extortion and large scale astroturf campaigns to protect themselves from scrutiny. Many results on Google for their lawsuit goes to their public relations drivel.

    Rates many safe websites poorly without giving any clear recourse or explanation to website owners on their so-called "Reputation Scorecard" page. WoT profits from website owners spending money in an attempt to make websites more accessible again from Facebook after WoT defames them. This is extortion and Facebook is playing right into it to keep their users within their walled garden instead of following safe links to outside websites.


    The forums are extremely hostile to those who question WoT. For example, the companies suing WoT are referred to as "idiots", etc. - And many of the ratings are due to agendas and WOT does nothing to circumvent that. To give you an idea of the inanity, there's people with mottos such as "Truth is my b*tch" attacking websites they "don't like" instead of searching for malware or any other valid issue.

    For example, the riaa.org website as of 11-23-2011 is rated in such a way that many will consider the website to have issues with malware. WoT has labeled it a dangerous website with "Warning! This site has a poor reputation."

    This is because the community has said they don't like the RIAA. Instead of rating the website on its true safety, they rate the organization based on opinion. I mean, I'm no fan of the RIAA, but I wouldn't LIE and give the false impression that their website is dangerous, etc.

    WoT should warn people of malware, porn and scams on websites, but instead they would rather have honest people give them money to stop their fraudulent extortions. WOT is the scam to watch out for. Web of Trust is a scam. It's a Web of Lies.

    Updated on Nov 23, 2011

    Another case and point, beware if you or any website you ever affiliate with say anything critical of Web of Trust. This site, mywotscam.com, is being slandered against because they are pointing out flaws with WoT (mywot.com). I'm seeing people at WoT saying mywotscam.com harbors malware, which is a libelous lie. I looked up mywotscam.com with security websites and it scanned 100% clean and safe.

    This is the kind of bullying tactics you can expect from these hive mind cretins at WoT.


    Updated on Nov 23, 2011

    Last but not least, check out this. This is just one case of many similar accounts I've found.
    I've edited for brevity but you can read the rest here:

    " .... What happens is someone can login to the WOT account, and rate a site as phishy or unsecure for absolutely no reason at all. When this happens, anytime a customer goes to your website, a large popup will occur stating this is an unsafe site, and you should not proceed. This is ridiculous since WOT does not have any means of checking to see if this information is infact accurate.

    They just go off of that single rating input by a random person. Now, the only way to have this popup removed is to either buy their "Web of Trust Seal" which costs $451/year, or have tons of people sign up for an account in their system, which in turn will bring the company more revenue as well. ... "

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