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Court orders Yelp to expose identity of anonymous reviewers

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  • KJR Alpine, UT
    May 10, 2014 11:09 a.m.

    Even if the negative comments are from customers they are not necessarily protected. A false and defamatory statement (truth is a defense under US jurisprudence) made by someone that knows it is false, or with reckless disregard for its truthfulness, can still give rise to liability under most states' defamation laws. Anonymity on the internet is at tricky proposition. Lots of people seem to think they are wearing white hats -- when they are really wearing white hoods.

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    May 9, 2014 4:13 p.m.

    If these negative reviews are lies, absolutely the people who posted them should be made to pay for all damages. The first amendment shouldn't protect lies.