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Hotel’s Yelp rating plummets to ONE star after it’s revealed they charge wedding couples $500 for any guest that leaves a negative review

Credits: Mail Online
By: Alexandra Klausner
* The Union Street Guest House in Hudson, NY doesn't allow negative Yelp reviews for wedding guests
* Of the 572 Yelp reviews online, 554 of them were posted on Monday after media outlets drew attention to the hotel's policy
* Please know that despite the fact that wedding couples [...]

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Does Yelp Have The ‘Most Trusted Reviews’? A Court Wants To Know More

Credits: Forbes
By: Eric Goldman
Few online algorithms generate as much criticism as Yelp’s algorithm for filtering its users’ reviews, but Yelp has so far successfully avoided a serious legal challenge to its filter. Last week, a California appellate court green-lighted a lawsuit over how Yelp publicly describes its user reviews. This means a judge may look [...]

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HK court: Tycoon can sue Google over autocomplete

Credits: Mail Online
By: Associated Press
A court has ruled that a Hong Kong tycoon can sue Google over its autocomplete results suggesting he has links to organized crime.
In a judgment released Wednesday, the court dismissed the Internet search giant's objections to tycoon Albert Yeung's defamation lawsuit.
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When is ‘revenge porn’ illegal? Lords call for clarity on when online activity ‘crosses the line’

Credits: The Independent
By: Adam Withnall
Clearer guidelines from the Government are needed so that people know when they can and cannot be prosecuted over “revenge porn”, social media “trolling” and other indecent material posted online, a Lords committee has said.
The trend of “revenge porn” involves people uploading explicit videos and images of former partners to adult [...]

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Pimlico Plumbers boss Charlie Mullins is suing Yelp for “disgusting” reviews

Credits: London Loves Business
By: Shruti Tripathi
Pimlico Plumbers boss Charlie Mullins is suing Yelp for “defamatory and disgusting” reviews about the company.
The London-based plumbing company complained to Yelp about five reviews which were subsequently removed by the San Francisco-based website.
However, Mullins has taken issue with two other reviews Yelp has refused to take down.
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Businessman who has submitted 512 TripAdvisor reviews in one year accused of blackmailing a restaurant into giving him a free meal by threatening it with poor scores

Credits: Mail Online
By: Lizzie Edmonds
* Chris Hobson, 46, who wrote 512 reviews in 2013, is site's 'top reviewer'
* But he is now facing legal action over one of his scathing critiques
* Director of Double Barrel Steakhouse and Grill claims his words are libelous
* Sarah Bird says man threatened poor score unless he was given a [...]

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