A Virginia court has ruled that the identities of seven anonymous reviewers who criticized a local carpet cleaning business must be revealed. In a decision that will strike fear in the hearts of all anonymous online trolls, an Alexandria judge ruled on Tuesday that Yelp must comply with the demand of Joe Hadeed's attorneys and hand over the names of the reviewers. Alexandria-based Hadeed Carpet Cleaning was the subject of several negative reviews on the site by anonymous authors - who Hadeed claims were not real customers of his business. The case began in 2012 when several negative reviews were left on Hadeed Carpet's Yelp page, some claiming the company swindled customers, overcharging hundreds of dollars above the quoted price, while others said their carpets ended up looking worse than before they were cleaned. Yelp's Terms of Service requires that reviewers must have been a customer of a business to leave a review. Yelp does not require users to register with their full name or address, but does record the IP address of each review posted, big deal, phony Yelp scam.
SCAM ALERT: Fake Negative Reviews on YELP Hurt Local Business's as YELP Ignores Requests For HELP But Takes Down Fake Negative Stuff for a Price YELP is a Scam. Beware of Yelp! suppressing good reviews and depriving businesses from positive reviews being shown to the general public. The motive behind this practice appears to be financial for YELP. It's a disservice to the both the business who are victims of Yelp's practice and to consumers seeking honest real reviews from members of the public. EAST BAY EXPRESS: The phone calls came almost daily. It started to get creepy. "Hi, this is Mike from Yelp," the voice would say. "You've had three hundred visitors to your site this month. You've had a really good response. But you have a few bad ones at the top, which Yelp put there. I could do something about those." This wasn't your average sales pitch. At least, not the kind that John, an East Bay restaurateur, was used to. He was familiar with Yelp.com, the popular San Francisco-based web site in which any person can write a review about nearly any business. John's restaurant has more than one hundred reviews, and averages a healthy 3.5-star rating. But when John asked Mike from Yelp what he could do about the fake bad reviews, he recalls the Yelp sales rep responding: "We can move them. Well, for $299 a month." John couldn't believe what the Yelp guy was offering. It seemed wrong, it is it's called extortion, see more at http://www.eastbayexpress.com/oakland/yelp-and-the-business-of-extortion-20/Content?oid=1176635
Home and local services are big verticals for Yelp — they account for about a quarter of Yelp's revenue — and Amazon is swooping in to win over its users. Even though the service is brand new, Amazon could have an advantage, because its reviewers will be authenticated through their Amazon accounts, which could make their posts seem higher quality and more trustworthy.
YELP: Internet extortion racket run by CEO Jeremy Stoppelman that gives 'trolls' a voice is in trouble:
1. Users don't trust Yelp as much as they used to.
2. Yelp's international growth has stalled — potentially because Apple has reportedly stopped using Yelp as its source of restaurant locations and reviews in Maps.
3. Google might be about to smack Yelp with big penalties.
4. Amazon is going to start competing with Yelp in a big way and could automatically seem more trustworthy.
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