How to get a website shut down

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There are many reasons for wanting to get a website shut down. Perhaps you find the content offensive or degrading, or maybe the site is involved in questionable practices and you want to see it banned. However, just because you don't like a site doesn't mean that you can just make a call and have it shut down. In fact, unless the site is local and is doing something illegal, it can be very difficult to have it shut down.

Determine if the site is breaking the law. If the site is doing something that's blatantly illegal such as displaying child pornography or selling body parts, then contact your local authorities and ask how you should proceed. If the site is not hosted in your country then there may not be anything they can do.

Examine the site to see if it is violating intellectual property or copyright laws. If so, contact the site owner and see if he/she will agree to remove the offending material. If not, then you may wish to contact a legal professional for information about sending a DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) notice. However if you really want the site shut down, and not just have the material removed, then you may wish to contact the web host.

Contact the company who hosts the website. You can find the company by performing a WHOIS search on a site such as WHOIS.net. Enter the domain name of the site you want shut down. This search will tell you where the site is hosted. Once you have this information, go to the web host's site and examine its terms of service. If the site you want shut down is violating any terms, notify the host and ask it to shut the site down.

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