A Republican Senate candidate’s controversial old website has disappeared from the “Wayback Machine,” a service of the Internet Archive, raising questions about what happened to the cached version of the site.
Dr. Greg Brannon, who is running in a crowded primary to take on incumbent Democratic Senator Kay Hagan, once ran a website called “FoundersTruth.org.” The website now excluded from the Wayback Machine.
In January, BuzzFeed reported that Brannon’s old website, a site he ran as a Tea Party activist in the state, was full of conspiracy theories. The site contained blog posts such as “The op called the Aurora massacre,” “Secret Police Murder and Cover-Up in the USA,” “TSA Electric Shock Bracelets,” “They Really Do Want To Implant Microchips Into Your Brain,” Fluoride in water is ‘patently unethical and criminal,” and “False Flag.”
The Internet Archive’s own policy states they will sometimes remove websites at an owner’s request. A removal policy furthermore states seven reason sites are generally taken down.
Sometimes a web site owner will contact us directly and ask us to stop crawling or archiving a site, and we endeavor to comply with these requests. When you come accross(sic) a “blocked site error” message, that means that a siteowner has made such a request and it has been honored.
Currently there is no way to exclude only a portion of a site, or to exclude archiving a site for a particular time period only.
When a URL has been excluded at direct owner request from being archived, that exclusion is retroactive and permanent.