Post a Negative Yelp Review? You May Not Stay Anonymous

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Last week, an appellate court in Virginia ruled that Yelp had to reveal the real names of seven people who posted negative reviews about a carpet cleaning company. The carpet company alleged that the anonymous reviewers had not actually used its services, and that their critical reviews were defamatory. But Yelp and its supporters maintain that online anonymity is a First Amendment right.


Vince Sollitto, vice president of corporate communications for Yelp

Andrew Keen, host of "Keen On," a TechCrunch TV talk show

Matt Zimmerman, senior staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), a non-profit group devoted to protecting online civil liberties