martinibuster - 7:41 pm on Jun 10, 2013 (gmt 0)
Someone from Microsoft is on record as stating that they're looking at disavowal reports as another data point. If there's a spike in disavowals from a specific domain or area, Duane Forrester said that they might take that input as a flag to take a look if there's something going on.
It's not just fear but prudent judgement to remove a link or an entire links page in response to multiple link removal requests. Regardless of what Google's official stance is about the tool, it's a possible flag to take a look at something if enough disavowals are filed regarding a particular site or network of sites. What prudent web publisher would not want to avoid scrutiny?