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Landmark Yelp Case Limits Freedom of Speech Online

Posted on February 20th, 2014

yelpLogoHires_1A Virginia-based carpet cleaner claimed that negative reviews of his business were posted on the popular website Yelp by users who were not his customers. The court agreed and has now mandated that Yelp must turn over the names of those anonymous reviewers.

Bottom line: Freedom of speech does not cover statements that are patently false, even if they are made anonymously online.

See the Washington Post write up about the case here.