Yelp accused of online extortion

Last month the East Bay Express reported that Yelp was actively approaching merchants promising them more prominent displays of positive reviews in exchange for payment.  Now, the Chicago Tribune is reporting that Chicago restaurants are claiming that a Yelp salesperson called on them to sponsor a Yelp event and in exchange, Yelp would move up good reviews to the top of listings.

East Bay Express Article

Chicago Tribune Article

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