We’ve never made any secret of our feelings about the popular user-generated-review site Yelp: It sucks. It’s basically a breeding ground for misinformed, know-it-all complainotards whose inclusion in the Yelp Elite is a mask for deep-seated overcompensation for things that happened long ago, on playgrounds and in locker rooms after gym class. (Kind of like Philebrity, but minus the charming, narcissistic evil overlord demanding that all contributors write in exactly his voice, or else.) Anyway, what we didn’t know about Yelp was that levels of sheer, raw fuckery go straight to the top, if this class action lawsuit is to be believed. According to the filing, Yelp tried to charge — extort is a much better word — about $300 per month to a business that was reviewed unfavorably by Yelp users, in exchange for deleting or “hiding” said reviews. (Attention Internet: Nothing ever dies on the Internet.) This isn’t the first time Yelp has had accusations like this thrown its way, and in all likelihood, it won’t be the last. To which we say: Keep ’em coming. Yelp is a troll colony, and no good can come of it.
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