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    685 Complaints Against Yelp Released By FTC

    Hey Everybody,

    In case you've not seen this, check it out:

    FTC FOIA release outs Yelp as 'Internet Mafia' | The Daily Caller

    Allegations against Yelp included spamming businesses that used its service, making harassing sales calls and threatening to delete positive reviews from businesses that declined to purchase advertising.

    This doesn't look good for Yelp, does it?
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    Re: 685 Complaints Against Yelp Released By FTC

    Whoa that's crazy. Good catch Miriam.

    Thanks for posting. Off to read story and Tweet!
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    Re: 685 Complaints Against Yelp Released By FTC

    Quote Originally Posted by MiriamEllis View Post
    Hey Everybody,

    In case you've not seen this, check it out:

    FTC FOIA release outs Yelp as 'Internet Mafia' | The Daily Caller



    This doesn't look good for Yelp, does it?
    Sounds like Yelp may have taken a page out of 1920's radio, which was berrate non-advertisers until they become advertisers. Unfortunately (for Yelp) people don't really like a shake-down so its not a popular, or ethical tactic. Crazy stuff if true!

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    Re: 685 Complaints Against Yelp Released By FTC

    Good analogy, Andrew. It's interesting to reflect on the fact that complaints like these have been surfacing on the web about Yelp almost since their inception. Stories have made into major new sources, but I don't believe I've seen this on an FTC level before. Wonder if anything will come of it.
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    Re: 685 Complaints Against Yelp Released By FTC

    I am shocked! I am stunned!! I am, of course, kidding!!! Get 'em Feds!!!!

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    Wink Re: 685 Complaints Against Yelp Released By FTC

    Get 'em Feds!!!!

    Haha, Jim. Made me laugh.
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    Re: 685 Complaints Against Yelp Released By FTC

    Miriam,

    If I helped put a smile on your face, let alone a laugh in your belly, it has been a good day indeed!

    Thanks for the heads-up on this!

    Jim

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