Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has reportedly called off an effort to purge the Internet of website domain names that are critical of him.
According to a recent Reuters report, two law firms working on Bloomberg’s behalf had purchased about 400 online domain names, such as boombergfail.nyc and kingmike.nyc, as well as more derogatory ones like michaelbloombergistooshort.nyc. The effort was called off by Bloomberg after news reports of the purging effort surfaced in the local media.
A Bloomberg spokesperson said that lawyers had been “overly aggressive” in their efforts to protect the former mayor and that most of the purchased domains would be released.
The Reuters report notes that “the purchase of negative website domains is a common strategy among politicians and other public figures in an effort to protect their reputations.”