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Amazon says: “considerable resources have been devoted to the protection of the integrity of the product ratings; Fox Business Network’s Gerri Willis reports on the New York Stock Exchange.
Online reviews are both a blessing and a curse. When they glow, a single review could boost business and morale. A bad review can be hurtful and drive away customers. Since many of the reviews are anonymous, and the web is full of unfiltered, vitriol, and people are getting savvy to that, you can’t trust the negative reviews.
Not to mention all of the reviews that are in fact false, and even on mainstream sites like Amazon.
Some companies have measures in place, and the results have been in south asia, the commenters-have found themselves sued by the companies that they run. Is there any of that “smear” the owners have been to their critics with a SLAPP lawsuit, and it will change the whole dynamics of online comments.
Such assessments have already been a heated issue, and when sites like the Peeple, the reviews make it ultra-specific, and a very personal one.
Here’s the inside scoop, and what does it mean for the average consumer, and their willingness to speak up about it on the web.
SLAPP suits: the protection against defamation, or threats to freedom of expression.
The review of a business on the web, it is reflexive at this point, for many of us. If we are satisfied with a product or service from us, we want to find the people responsible for not knowing how to feel. Also, We would like to share our thoughts with the rest of the internet, in order to help people decide where to spend their money.
The internet is a negative place, of course, a lot of people are turning to online reviews as a way to put the guy on a recent disappointment. A lot of these reviews come off as insulting, and defamatory rants, is almost always inappropriate and in poor taste.
As a legal deposit, it is a pretty dramatic reaction to it. This type of trial has been referred to by legal analysts as a SLAPP lawsuit, (short for Strategic Lawsuit Against Public icipation). You are in dispute with the intention to win, that the plaintiffs in SLAPP suits rely on brute force and superior resources , to convince them of the defendants in withdrawing their comments, or to back down completely.
The costumes are often made out to be complicated, lengthy and costly for the participants. So, if a person does not have the means to defend themselves financially, they often have no other choice but to give in to the demands of the plaintiff, which is usually in the form of damages, apologize and remove the “offending” review (or comment it out.
How SLAPPs are influenced of the internet-the press has to say?
SLAPP suits have had a noticeable effect. Several reviewers on the web have found themselves on the receiving end of SLAPP suits on the basis of the comments they have left on sites like Yelp and Google+. Typically, these suits are taking on a great deal of time to resolve and are often accused by the high legal costs that are higher than ordinary cost of living.
In an interview with CBS this morning, Yelp user Tom Lloyd, held a trial, he was given leave comments about a veterinary practice in Florida. After spending six hours of his dying dog, without finding a surgeon to save his life (in the direction of the surgeon had gone on vacation), the practice of telling Tom, that there was nothing they could do. He left a negative review, only to be hit with a SLAPP suit for libel.
Now, he said, currently, owes $26,000 in legal bills from the trial. He is far from the only person who has to be threatened with SLAPP suits in the past few years, however.
A woman in Texas is being sued for thousands of pounds after leaving a negative review on a loan, the agency. One of the other men had sued for $125,000, after an unsatisfactory rating for a floor track, which was, in his own words, ” botched.”
The legal codes are changing
SLAPP suits are starting to get attention in many countries. As of today, 28 states and Washington, D. C., and the U.S. territory of Guam, have anti-SLAPP statutes in their legal codes. These articles are designed to help defendants navigate, and the possible termination of the deal will need to be involved in.
The states with anti-SLAPP statutes currently include Arizona, Arkansas, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, and Washington.
If you find that you will be hit with a SLAPP suit in the future, your best bet is to check with your state’s laws and know your rights before there is a legal defense.
Our ability to be in the public criticism , a cornerstone of American society. Without this, the large companies are the ones that set the standard for acceptable discourse. It is up to each and every one of us to ask ourselves if this is something that we’re really on our way.
How do I get a failsafe review
First of all, if a product or service infuriates you, wait for a couple of days, so that you can calm down. We can say all sorts of things that are not recommended in the heat of the moment, and we often regret these comments later, a court case or not.
Second of all, please make sure your review is factually correct. Do not use hyperbolic language, or beauty of the events that have taken place. Liability is difficult to prove, but only an exaggeration of the time you will be working in the legal arena.
Finally, the use of good decision-making. A bad waiter doesn’t mean that the whole of the hotel was terrible, and every business has its off-days. If the customer service is terrible, I think the review as a warning to others, and not as a soap box to make yourself feel better.
Respectful discourse is threatened everywhere, especially on the internet. No one should ever be called upon for an honest opinion, but you can almost always be criticism of no brutal.
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