Can You Sue for Fake Reviews?
Getting good reviews on your products and services can make the difference between a successful business and a failed startup. This is why it's so frustrating to get negative reviews when you're just trying your best.
Worse than negative reviews, though, are fake ones created solely to make your business look bad. In these scenarios, you've likely asked, "?"
Yes, . But it’s a huge hassle to handle on your own. You’re better off getting those reviews removed.
So, let’s talk about ways to get bad reviews removed from various platforms. Then, we’ll talk about
Can I Delete Fake Reviews on My Own?
This depends entirely on the platform that you are using. Some platforms may allow people to remove reviews they don't like or hide them from public view. Others, though, prohibit this to avoid people from hiding negative reviews from potential customers. Regardless, the vast majority of platforms have a way to report reviews and get them removed if they violate the site's ToS.
How to Flag or Report a (Fake) Review
While the reporting process for reviews is tailored to the site, most websites are easy to navigate for this kind of issue. If you're looking for a way to report a fake review on your product or someone else's, check around the review itself on the page.
In many situations, there should be a report product next to or directly under the review in question. By clicking it, you'll be able to start the reporting process.
Reasons Why a Platform Will Delete a Review
Platforms typically delete reviews if they violate their terms of service. Some examples are explored in the table below, but every platform has different views.
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Can You Sue for Fake Reviews?
At times, simply having a fake review deleted is not enough. If fake reviews have become a major problem affecting your business, you may be able to sue to stop this from happening again.
It’s Difficult to Sue for Poor Reviews if They Are Genuine
In many cases, it is difficult to sue someone for leaving a review on your product. A review simply being negative is usually not actionable grounds for a lawsuit. However, there are certain instances when a fake review may be grounds for suing someone.
Suing for Defamation by Yourself is Difficult, Too
In the case of a review that is defamatory towards the seller or their products, the reviewer could potentially face a legal challenge. This would be on the basis of damage to the seller's reputation that results in an unfair loss of revenue.
- While this can be difficult to prove, if you can find a way to indicate that a reviewer has knowingly posted false information about your product, you might have a case.
- Your case is likely to have even more standing if the person leaving fake reviews on your products is a direct competitor.
- If this is the case, you have evidence that another business is conspiring to harm yours for the sake of their own personal gain.
- In most cases, this is illegal and can land the offending party in major hot water.
If you suspect you have a case or would like to explore your legal options against fake reviews, you can check out DoNotPay's Sue Now product today.
Get Rid of Fake Reviews With DoNotPay
Whether you're trying to remove a fake review or the offending party, DoNotPay can help you with all of it. Simply follow these quick steps to get started:
- Select which platform the review was posted on.
- Enter the url to the review and upload a photo to help us identify it.
- Indicate why you want to report the review and also provide a detailed description.
- And that's it! We'll report the review so that it gets investigated by the platform and taken down once they determine it's inappropriate.
That’s it! You can use DoNotPay to manage your reviews on all sorts of websites and platforms.
DoNotPay Helps You Deal With All Kinds of Bad Reviews
In addition to helping you DoNotPay can potentially get bad and unfair reviews removed. This service works great on multiple platforms. Whether you're active on Amazon, Google, Yelp, Facebook, or anywhere else, we've got your back. We can even help delete bad photos from Google businesses.
What Else can DoNotPay Do?
Now that you know on your products, you can explore everything else DNP has to offer. Here's a small sample of some of our other products you might be able to use:
No matter what problems you're having, DoNotPay has a solution. Join DoNotPay today to sue fake reviews and get compensated!