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The fine art of astroturfing

First, it was Belkin paying people to write glowing reviews of it's products. Now it's Yelp! running a virtual protection racket on restaurants.

"'Hi, this is Mike from Yelp,' the voice would say. 'You've had three hundred visitors to your site this month. You've had a really good response. But you have a few bad ones at the top. I could do something about those.'"

That's a mighty nice restaurant youse gots there. It'd a shame if sumtin' was to happens to it...

“The fine art of astroturfing”