fathom - 4:23 am on Jun 1, 2013 (gmt 0)
@Fathom - The video certainly is and if you associate it only with the text which was changed, albeit earlier. My concern for quoting the text was the implication behind it in isolation from the video, and in a more generalised application. To me, Google is declaring it is not it's responsibility for content and links pointing to anyone's site, whereas sometime in the distant past it had declared that sites linking into you could , more or less, do no harm, because that's the way Google behaved in such instances. We suspected in reality that was not accurate either, as exceptional advertorial/link campaigns have resulted in penalties, both algorithmic and manual. I might be a year or so out of date, but it kinda resonated hard with me in respect of the current warning on advertorials.
Things have also changed somewhat but first:
Google stating that "you think" you have a concern does not imply that concern has any foundation of fact. It stands to reason if you contacted the webmaster and such links were removed and nothing changed... your concerns were unwarranted.
They also use that language style here:
Q: Can this tool be used if I'm worried about "negative SEO"?
A: excerpt: However, if you're worried that some backlinks might be affecting your site's reputation, you can use the Disavow Links tool to indicate to Google that those links should be ignored. Again, we build our algorithms with an eye to preventing negative SEO, so the vast majority of webmasters don't need to worry about negative SEO at all.
It does not say you should worry or that not disavowing will have repercussions.
Be that as it may, how much of a concern can it be for anyone if Google also provides you the tools so you don't need to worry about the links you really wish to worry about?
This is a Red Herring IMHO.
<added> As RustyBrick noted, the first reiteration Archive has was May 1, 2012 [web.archive.org...]
The redirect screws things up but there are 10 captures and with exception of a video reference for getting your own questions answered they are all the same.</added>