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Re: “Yelp Extortion Allegations Stack Up

To GBirdee3 : First, maybe you wouldn’t appear to be a Yelp CEO or employee if you used your actual Yelp name. You would still remain anonymous, like other yelpers, but your references to your reviews and experiences would gain credibility. A Yelp “member search” yields no results for GBirdee3.
Secondly, as much as you and the rest of the people making money from Yelp wish for this controversy to be about business owners not liking a bad review, it’s not. Check the headline of this article you are commenting on again. It’s titled : “Yelp Extortion Allegations Stack Up”. It is a followup to an article titled : "Yelp and the Business of Extortion 2.0" . See, the theme here is not that some people object to bad reviews, it’s that they don’t like untrue reviews, bad or good, and they really don’t like Yelp extorting and bullying them into giving Yelp money in exchange for not actively destroying the business they have worked so hard to build and that they depend upon for their livelihood.
Thirdly, small businesses and the people who own them are the victims in this situation. Your lame attempt to sensationalize the public’s reaction to news of Yelp’s unethical and criminal behavior as “violent reaction toward yelp and yelpers” is laughable. Deploringly worded comments, and articles detailing wrongdoing on the part of Yelp, are not violence. You just really don’t like them.

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Posted by L Thames on 03/22/2009 at 2:06 PM

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