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  1. fingers cross review sites will be included in this review process.

    heres reply i got today

    Brendan / Iain
     
    I will make sure that the Minister sees this and is aware of the issue you raise.   I think we will then have to wait to see the outcome of the defamation review consultation to see if it has been included in proposals for legislation but it is an important issue and deserves action.
     
    Regards
     
    Michael 
     
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    Michael Russell MSP for Argyll and Bute

     

  2. This is very interesting in light of the complaints iv made over the past two years about third-party review sites posts being used as weapons to force businesses to pay to reply.

    i tryed till i was blue in the face to get a company to remove postes or even let me reply i was just laghed at and mocked

    so  i reported reviews .co.uk  to trading standards, who were powerless to stop them.

    i then contacted my mp Brendan Ohara and my smp mike russel. brendan used a contact to complain to Google but got a very weak response which took 5 months to arrive. it dosnt serve google to stop this practive also reviews.co.uk state they are a google partner

    i will now be asking my mp to try and get reviews.co.uk and the people who post lies half truths while hiding behind a anonymous name to be included in this review  .

    they need to stop posts which i have no right to reply unless i pay reviews .co.uk 

    stop reviews sites targeting my business and show up on every internet search for my name 

    over two years they have only collected 17 reviews 8 bad 4 i know to be fake revenge posts. i get over 1000 customers per year yet this is not reflected in their review tag which asks people to read there review before they go to my site ,

    i have no way of calculating how much business this has cost me but that's why they do it every post is more pressure for me to pay for a package .

    if i pay i can reply to posts which THEY have collected i can also then collect reviews from other places mange the good one to make it look like i have hundreds of 5 star reviews

    i will be asking for the impacted on small business review sites and revenge post have 

    How many businesses have gone bust 

    how many business owners have committed suicide  becose of this practice

     

    The Scottish government has invited members of the public to a consultation on the law, which protects an individual's reputation against false claims.

    The move was made after the Scottish Law Commission made 49 recommendations to modernise and simplify legislation.

    It is the first review of its kind for more than 20 years.

    The commission, which spent three years looking at defamation, said that a defence of "public interest" should be enshrined in law, allowing what it called "fearless journalism" to thrive.

    It also suggested reducing the time limit for bringing a legal action from three years to one, because if there is genuine reputational damage, social media means it would quickly become clear.

    'Increasingly instant and common'

    The government said it wanted to ensure a balance between freedom of expression and the protection of an individual's reputation.

    Launching the consultation, Ash Denham, minister for community safety and MSP for Edinburgh Eastern, highlighted how the increase in false information spread via social media was a key push behind the review.

    She said: "Defamation law potentially affects everyone and it is crucial that we ensure the law is fit for modern Scotland.

    "The enormous growth in the use of social media presents new challenges and means that defamatory communication is becoming increasingly instant and common.

    "It is crucial that we strike the right balance between the two values that often pull in opposing directions - freedom of expression and the protection of an individual's reputation.

    "Consultation is an essential part of the process and members of the public have an important part to play in reforming the law on defamation and ensuring it is fit for the future."  <blog_break>