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Re: “Yelp and the Business of Extortion 2.0

Yelp administers their policies and terms of service inconstantly and without an ethical compass.

They are only concerned with money, not fairness. Here is a prime example. They claim on their terms of service (TOS) that “elite” squad member may not e business owners:

“Elites may not be business owners or affiliated with a local business (spouse, general manager, partner, etc.), due to the inherent conflict of interest. Business owners can still get in on the conversation and voice their opinions by claiming their business page and creating a free business owner's account.”

Yet the knowingly have dozens of business owners who are “elite” squad members because these people pony up money for “sponsorships” (paid advertising).

One example is this plastic surgeon in San Diego who is a yelp sponsor but has ONLY ONE YELP REVIEW! Sponsor with just one review: http://www.yelp.com/biz/barry-s-handler-md-san-diego
Is also an “elite” member: http://www.yelp.com/user_details?userid=Z66KYst6RCeO6qetveQipw

There are man more examples of the inconsistent treatment of members and businesses that it’s a wonder that yelp is not in litigation due to it’s many unfair and uneven tactics.

Posted by dustonlovejoy@gmail.com on 08/15/2009 at 6:47 AM

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