Michael Fertik is the owner of a company called Reputation.com, which helps people restore their reputations, remove compromising Google search results, and rehabilitate their internet presences after public shamings or other compromising public incidents. Fertik has a code of ethics and doesn’t take on clients who are, for example, pedophiles or neo-Nazis. Jon Ronson reached out to Fertik to see if he would help rehabilitate Justine Sacco’s reputation. While the firm refused to help Justine, believing she’d require too many financial resources to take care of, they did agree to take on Lindsey Stone’s case.
Michael Fertik Character Timeline in So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed
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Chapter 11: The Man Who Can Change the Google Search Results
...he did successfully get in touch with another person from the “reputation-management world” named Michael Fertik. Fertik revealed that many of the people in this sector were nasty or corrupt, and... (full context)
Chapter 14: Cats and Ice Cream and Music
Chapter 15: Your Speed