@Isabelle Anne A wrote:
Valeria, I really do appreciate your assistance, but I cannot rely on Upwork's assurances that they can't use the site anymore, since there's no proof and their profiles are still there.
At this stage, though, all I want is for the plagiarized content to be removed from their profiles (my employment history on the woman's profile and my overview excerpt on the man's profile).
Isabelle said exactly what is bothering me. I have reported three freelancers who copied my overview. One of which took Upwork one year to remove one of them (they gave him a year to fix his overview). Another freelancer I reported they removed promptly. The 3rd one is still popping up on Google search. Which Valeria I know you said has been dealt with but I have my doubts.
@Amy T wrote:
Isabelle said exactly what is bothering me. I have reported three freelancers who copied my overview. One of which took Upwork one year to remove one of them (they gave him a year to fix his overview). Another freelancer I reported they removed promotely. The 3rd one is still popping up on Google search. Which Valeria I know you said has been dealt with but I have my doubts.
Just a few days of seeing my stuff on their profiles is driving me crazy, but a year!!! I just can't understand this system.
I can't really see what can be done. Given that in the countries most plagiarists hail from, even big laws are barely enforced, what possible regulation can be placed on their online activity? It's not like they get much work anyway, although every so often some client complians on here about how some teenager with poor English can't (GASP!) really create them a fully working website that will put them at the top of Google's rankings for $7 an hour.
On the other hand, plenty of clients have complained about getting dozens of spam applications, and clearly they find it offputting - and we've all had to suffer the unfair Connects system as a result.
However, nothing can be done about it really - the poorer half of the world are, thanks to the Internet, aware of how we live (Or, at least, how they think we live), and nothing's going to stop them trying to get a piece of the pie. There is no real solution.
I yet again have to put in a ticket about a "freelancer" who copied my overview word for word. On top of that, his portfolio is bogus.
This is the second time I have addressed this about this particular freelancer. It is getting tiresome.
There's about a billion or so people who are A) Very poor, B) Can speak (or at least read) a little English, C) Have access to an Internet cafe, and D) live in countries where corruption and dishonesty are rife. I really think this problem is beyond Upwork's remit.
@Ramon B wrote:
I really think this problem is beyond Upwork's remit.
I agree that Upwork can't easily stop people from plagiarizing in the first place, but once we go through the trouble of reporting them, action should be taken. There is no rational reason on earth why plagiarized content should stay up. It's also in Upwork's best interests to ban the fraudster, because if they can misrepresent themselves like that then they'll have no problem with scamming clients.
But how? In countries with high unemployment and no welfare state, there's millions of people who literally do nothing else but spend all day at Internet cafes trying to work out how to get some cash online. Upwork could employ thousands of checkers, but it would still not stop them from doing it - it only takes a minute or so to create a new profile after all, and forged documents can be purchased cheaply if they need 'proof' to reappear.
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