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Business Owners Try Again To Sue Yelp For Payola - MediaPost News

Once again, Yelp is getting sued for blackmailing small businesses. The owner of one of my local cafes has been hit with this.

Yelp gave a Jane Doe a brand new MacBook and sent her into the cafe (strangely, she carried the MacBook around in its retail box). She bought a coffee and a pastry, then wrote a great review but only gave it three stars. Turns out she does this a lot: in the last month, Jane’s written 198 reviews.

Yelp called a couple days later and offered to filter out those kinds of reviews for $390. Despicable.