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Virginia Court rules that seven anonymous YELP critics must be identified, in online landscape altering decision

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Decision could reshape rules for online consumer reviews of products, businesses Reports theverge Whether several scathing reviews posted to a local Virginia carpet cleaning business were actually from real customers could turn out to be a watershed moment for staying anonymous on Yelp, which has been asked by local a Virginia appeals court judge to name real names. Those reviewers of Hadeed Carpet Cleaning went under anonymous identities on the popular reviews service, something that initially kept the complaint from moving forward. Under Virginia's legal standard, anonymous parties need to be named if it might be defamation, which resulted in two of the three judges presiding over the case to rule that Yelp needs to turn over that information. Free speech, but maybe not anonymous The ru