09 Sep 2014

Are operators of review websites liable for defamation posted by anonymous users?

Remove reviews legal adviceYou might be forgiven for believing that the majority of review websites are nothing but a public service that exists to ‎educate consumers and to improve our judgement about our choice in reputable ‎suppliers, builders or a holiday provider.

The truth, which every defamation solicitor who specialises in removing defamation from the internet should be able to tell you, is that the majority of the operators of review websites are only interested in their own financial profit even if it comes at the expense of the good reputation of honest and well ‎established businesses across the UK.

At the same time, huge number of business owners, of all shapes and sizes who are victims of negative online reviews, believe that the have to live with the menace, as if it was an act of God.

So here is some legal advice that might surprise you about online reviews and how they can be removed:

What legal advice you need to succeed in removing defamation from a review website?

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