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A crime for ranking highly on search engines?

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by zenlagor, Jul 17, 2014.

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  1. zenlagor

    zenlagor Regular Member

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    I see neg reviews all the time and will this become a new tactic for rep management in extreme cases?
    Can we expect to see more negative reviews getting people in trouble? Or is this just the French Justice system?
    What do you think about this guys?

    Web Archive to deleted (french) post: http://web.archive.org/web/20131204.../lendroit-a-eviter-au-cap-ferret-il-giardino/

    Source: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-28331598
     
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    kvmcable Supreme Member

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    I think you'll see the tide change on libelous reviews. There needs to be accountability when purposely harming business reputation. I think you'll see more and more businesses pursue these negative reviews they previously ignored or were protected under the veil of anonymity by the review site.

    I know a Judge recently told Yelp they MUST provide a harmed business with the reviewers information that damaged a carpet cleaning business. In a Court of Law, a defendant suffering damages has the right to know their accusers.

    Owning a blog and controlling it's content and rebuttals gives a customer an unfair advantage to libel or slander a business without any remedy afforded by law. I think the Court got this one right.

    Everyone in business knows there's the customer's story of events, the business's story of events and the truth lies somewhere in the middle. One sided stories with the sole intent of harming a business need to be held responsible.
     
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  3. jazzc

    jazzc Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP

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    Another blow against free speech.
     
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  4. Trepanated

    Trepanated Supreme Member

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    I saw this yesterday but bear in mind it is a French court ruling and their laws can be idiosyncratic.

    Also, it is only a court judgement for that one case and cannot set legal precedent.

    I think the issue was not the review, but more about the title of the review, which was deemed to have been worded specifically to damage the claimant's reputation.
     
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  5. Aluminium

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    What a load of shit, pay for damages? Provide a quality service and there won't be negative reviews to ruin your rep in the first place.

    Unless the owner of the blog has a pesonal grudge against that business I don't see the reasoning.
     
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    Trepanated Supreme Member

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    I think that was the reasoning behind the judgement - the title of the review was deemed to be malicious.
     
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    That is completely different to American courts. If you get one thing ruled on especially in the
    Supreme Court then it holds and sets a precedent. I hate defamation and am surely not supporting it, however
    what I do hate is once those idiots regulate one thing where does it stop?

    Next thing you know people who have favor in the Government or Courts will be able to remove anything they
    please. Man the hell up and buy a rep management service on BHW....

    -RK
     
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    Whatever the rules are, one must be careful when saying or writing something that could damage the reputation of a business. The business owners did a lot of work to get their businesses up and running, so they are surely not going to allow a trifling unfavorable review ruin all that hardwork. The moral of this story is:

    BE CONSIDERATE