'Operation Clean Turf' and the War on Fake Yelp Reviews

Originally published on BloombergBusiness on September 25, 2014 By Eric Spitznagel. On Sept. 23, New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced that officials had busted 19 companies after a year-long undercover investigation of criminal practices. What were these companies doing? They were writing or commissioning fake online reviews, or “astroturfing,” as it’s sometimes …

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