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    Matt McGee

    What do people think about the recent court ruling in Virginia that forces Yelp to reveal the names of seven anonymous reviewers? Are we possibly witnessing the end of anonymous reviewing (on major/important sites)?

    From Greg Sterling on SEL:

    VA Court Delivers Blow To Yelp, Free Speech Of Users

    “A Virginia state court of appeal has ruled that Yelp must disclose the real identities of seven individuals who posted anonymous, critical reviews of an Alexandria, Virginia carpet cleaning business, Hadeed Carpet. Yelp and free speech advocacy groups have decried the decision.

    Hadeed said that he didn’t believe that any of the reviews came from actual customers and sued to get Yelp to reveal the identities of the individuals in question. Yelp refused and the court granted Hadeed’s lawyer’s motion to compel.”

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