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Court Orders Amazon To Reveal Identities Of Negative Reviewers

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by tamtamn444, Jul 14, 2014.

  1. tamtamn444

    tamtamn444 Newbie

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    I found this news interesting, and wondered what others felt about this. I don't have enough posts yet to include the link, but the title of my post is the exact article title if you want to Google it.

    Basically a court has ordered Amazon to reveal the identities of reviewers who allegedly (according to seller) posted negative reviews and shady suggestions on craigslist to discredit the company and their product.

    My last client was penalized by Google because he had a negative SEO campaign launched against him. He was an enormous jackass and ticked a lot of people off during the years, but still. We tried removing links and asking for fake reviews to be removed from pissed consumer and rip off reports, but we were fighting an invisible opponent. I'd successfully get hundreds of back links removed by manually contacting webmasters over several months, only to wake up one day and find 4000 more spammy links. I couldn't get him back to top organic results so he "laid me off".

    Do you think this will set a precedent? Or at least make people stop and consider that their anonymity is not guaranteed if they are engaging in fake reviews or negative campaigns against competitors?
     
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  2. Carepolice

    Carepolice Power Member

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    This will serve as a deterrent, but not a very strong one. The types of people that are willing to launch "campaigns" like this aren't particularly afraid of/smart enough to consider legal consequences.
     
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  3. sickassuch

    sickassuch Newbie

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    A good way to keep people away from fake reviews especially that proves to be defamatory.
     
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  4. Speedkbob

    Speedkbob Newbie

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    What the hell is wrong with this country?
     
  5. bartosimpsonio

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    This is probably unconstitutional in the USA. The Supreme Court has ruled that average folks have the right to online anonymity.
     
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    I hope that these scumbags get caught and get whats coming to them :)
     
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