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Pay it Forward: Ban Yelp from Google and all Search Engines until they stop filtering legitimate positive reviews and stop allowing false reviews to appear on business listings.

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Pay it Forward: Ban Yelp from Google and all Search Engines until they stop filtering legitimate positive reviews and stop allowing false reviews to appear on business listings.

To be delivered to Larry Page, Google CEO, Marissa Mayer, Yahoo! CEO, Robin Li, Baidu CEO, Satya Nadella, Bing CEO, Arkady Volozh, Yandex CEO and 6 other targets (click here to see more)

Petition Statement

Pay it Forward: Ban Yelp from Search Engines until they stop their harmful practices. Yelp is destroying small businesses. They have gamed the search engine companies and our system of free enterprise. They have a clear conflict of interest, and this harms everyone. Help small businesses succeed, and you will help all economies prosper. This will help everyone! Thank you!
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Petition Background

I have no problem at all with legitimate reviews of a business, but Yelp is not interested in the truth. They are predatory with a clear conflict of interest.

My business, income, and my reputation have been damaged by the strong arm tactics of Yelp, as I have refused to pay them to 'fix' my problem of a one star rating, which they caused in order to profit from me paying them to 'fix' it, while 'filtering' my legitimate five star reviews.

I have a defamatory false negative one star review posted on my business Yelp listing, while all of the legitimate five star reviews from my clients are 'filtered' by Yelp.

I am not the only business and person affected by Yelp. Small business owners, employees, and the public are harmed everywhere by Yelp. See the articles, websites, and the class action lawsuits by business owners against Yelp.

NEW CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT against Yelp, filed 08/06/14. Read all of it, and share it with everyone! CURRY VS YELP.

http://www.scribd.com/doc/236094666/Curry-v-Yelp

"JOSEPH CURRY, Individually and on Behalf of All Others Similarly Situated, Plaintiff, vs. YELP INC., JEREMY STOPPELMAN, ROBERT J. KROLIK and GEOFFREY DONAKER, Defendants.

CLASS ACTION COMPLAINT FOR VIOLATIONS OF THE FEDERAL SECURITIES LAWS

DEMAND FOR JURY TRIAL"

http://online.wsj.com/article/PR-CO-20140814-912409.html

WALL STREET JOURNAL
August 14, 2014, 3:46 p.m. ET

SHAREHOLDER ALERT: LEVI & KORSINSKY, LLP Notifies Investors of Class Action Against Yelp Inc. and Its Board of Directors and a Lead Plaintiff Deadline of October 6, 2014 -- YELP


"Yelp Inc. - Information Request Form

Levi & Korsinsky announces that a class action lawsuit has been commenced in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California on behalf of investors who purchased Yelp Inc. ("Yelp" or the "Company") (NYSE: YELP) securities between October 29, 2013 and April 3, 2014.

The complaint alleges that Yelp made materially false and misleading statements regarding: (a) the true nature of its 'firsthand' experience and reviews appearing on its website; (b) the robustness of its processes and algorithms purportedly designed to screen unreliable reviews; and (c) the Company's forecasted financial growth prospects and the extent to which they were reliant upon undisclosed business practices, including requiring business customers to pay to suppress negative reviews. If you suffered a loss in Yelp you have until October 6, 2014 to request that the Court appoint you as lead plaintiff. Your ability to share in any recovery doesn't require that you serve as a lead plaintiff.

To receive more information regarding the investigation of Yelp please fill out the form below. " http://zlkdocs.com/YELP-Info-Request-Form-2043

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/08/06/us-yelp-reviews-lawsuit-idUSKBN0G62HG20140806

'Yelp hit with shareholder lawsuit over online reviews'
August 6, 2014

"Yelp Inc and its executives were accused in a lawsuit of selling more than $81 million in stock while deceiving shareholders about the quality of consumer reviews on its website."

"The proposed class action, which was filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco on Wednesday, said Yelp's share price had reached artificially inflated prices of over $98 earlier this year because the company had misrepresented its true condition."

"Reviews, including anonymous reviews, appearing on the company's website were not all authentic 'firsthand' reviews," the lawsuit said, "but instead included fraudulent reviews by reviewers who did not have first-hand experience with the business."

http://www.techtimes.com/articles/12522/20140808/lawsuit-alleges-yelp-extorting-businesses-negative-reviews.htm

'Lawsuit alleges Yelp is extorting businesses with negative reviews'
August 8, 2014

"Business review/guide Yelp is being accused of behaving very, very badly. A class action lawsuit has been prepared by the company's shareholders alleging that Yelp has been requiring businesses to pay to get rid of negative "first-hand" reviews posted on yelp.com. Companies that refused to buy ads on the website have complained about subsequently finding that their positive reviews on the site had mysteriously vanished. The lawsuit puts it into more specific terms:

Algorithms purportedly designed to screen unreliable reviews did not comprehensively do so, and instead, the Company allowed such unreliable reviews to remain prominent while the Company tried to sell services designed to suppress negative reviews or make them go away...

According to Valleywag, the lawsuit claims that Yelp's execs made over $81.5 million from extortion. If true, then those same executives conspired to keep their profits a secret, a kind of insider trading that the suit accuses Yelp of, going so far as to call it "a scheme to deceive the market."

'Guest: What is Yelp? An impartial review site or an aggressive ad company?'

"Yelp’s supposedly impartial posting of consumer reviews of small businesses, when combined with its aggressive efforts to sell marketing assistance to those same businesses, poses an irreconcilable conflict of interest."
http://seattletimes.com/html/opinion/2022688527_terrythomasopedyelp17xml.html

Join the Facebook group, 'Businesses Against Yelp'.
https://www.facebook.com/BusinessesAgainstYelp

Join the Facebook Group, 'Yelp Extortion'.
https://www.facebook.com/YelpExtortion


'Yelp Filtered Reviews Blues: Businesses Hate The Mysterious Algorithm, But Is There Any Way To Crack It?'
http://www.ibtimes.com/yelp-filtered-reviews-blues-businesses-hate-mysterious-algorithm-there-any-way-crack-it-1543366

See this MoveOn petition too:
'Apple: Please help Millions of Small Businesses'
http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/apple-please-help-millions

See this petition on Change.org
'Pay it Forward: Ban Yelp from Search Engines until they stop their harmful practices. Yelp is destroying small businesses. Help small businesses succeed, and you will help all economies prosper. '
http://www.change.org/petitions/larry-page-ceo-pay-it-forward-ban-yelp-from-search-engines-until-they-stop-their-harmful-practices-yelp-is-destroying-small-businesses-help-small-businesses-succeed-and-you-will-help-all-economies-prosper

See this website: 'National Association of Small Business Owners'
http://nationalassociationofsmallbusinessowners.org/

Check out this article on Forbes.com: 'Think Yelp is Unbiased? Think Again!!'
http://www.forbes.com/sites/jimhandy/2012/08/16/think-yelp-is-unbiased-think-again/

Read these: '5991 reviews for Yelp that are not currently recommended
Note: The reviews below are not factored into the business's overall star rating.'
http://www.yelp.com/not_recommended_reviews/4kMBvIEWPxWkWKFN__8SxQ

Do your own research.

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