Thursday, January 08, 2009

Yelp lawsuit

This morning, the SF Chronicle has an article about a local Yelp reviewer getting sued by a business over his Yelp post. As an avid Yelp fan, this has me very concerned. The EFF is considering getting involved to help out the Yelper with his legal defense. From the EFF lawyer:

"When people try to pull down unflattering material, it has the absolute opposite effect" of what they intend, he said. "It's very difficult to silence speakers on the Internet - it's a culture of people who don't like those kinds of attempts."

Amen to that.

1 comment:

Gijs said...

Scary stuff. I do wonder where the SF Chronicle got the impression that the EFF is a "local" non-profit. Makes you think they're a charity for the city's asylum rather than a global thing... (yes, I realize they are based in SF, but their work extends much further, so it is rather strange that they are labelled in this way)