Saturday, May 06, 2017

Yelp tries to defend the rights of its reviewers to anonymous speech in California state court


In state court in California, Electronic Frontier Foundation has supported an appeal by Yelp that it can argue that its users have a right to anonymity in giving consumer reviews.
 
This happened after Yelp as subpoenaed to identify a user in a “bad review” litigation case against the user.  Yelp would still be immune to litigation itself based on the user’s content under Section 230.

It’s significant that if libel laws were changed to be more like what Trump wants, Yelp defendants could be compelled to “prove” their claims are actually true.
 
Some companies involved in bad review litigation still advertise vigorously in Washington DC newspapers.

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