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Today, the Office of the New York Attorney General announced that it took action against several businesses that tried to mislead consumers through paid, fake reviews, also known as astroturfing. We applaud these efforts, which further demonstrate that deceptive reviews... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2016 at Yelp Official Blog
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Sometimes people claim Yelp gives more favorable ratings to businesses who advertise on our platform, and some even allege that Yelp threatens to manipulate ratings and reviews of those who don't advertise. These claims are of course false and have... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2016 at Yelp Official Blog
Yelp recently reached a settlement agreement with the Federal Trade Commission regarding a bug in our mobile registration process that allowed certain users to register with any birth date when it was supposed to disallow registrations from individuals under 13... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2014 at Yelp Official Blog
A Harvard Business School study came out earlier this week that confirms something we have long known: businesses that don’t have a good reputation online will try to create one by submitting phony reviews to web sites. The good news... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2013 at Yelp Official Blog
Some news outlets have recently run stories or columns re-hashing the sensational allegation that Yelp manipulates reviews and ratings to reward advertisers or punish non-advertisers. Let me be clear: This claim is not -- and has never been -- true.... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2013 at Yelp Official Blog