| Tuesday May 24th 2016

Yelp extorts businesses by allegedly putting up fake bad review and then telling them to pay up to remove it.

Yelp, the online review site, is being accused of extortion in a class-action lawsuit filed in Los Angeles this week.

Yelp cats-and-dogsThe suit alleges that the site tried to get a Long Beach veterinary hospital named Cats and Dogs Animal Hospital to pay $300 a month — for a minimum 12-month commitment — to suppress or delete reviews that disparaged the hospital.

The popular San Francisco–based site Yelp is one of the leading sites for consumers to post reviews and comments about their local businesses and services. It touts its integrity with the slogan: “Real people. Real reviews.” The company was founded in 2004 and has spread throughout the United States. It launched in the United Kingdom and Ireland last year.


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