Trolling Amazon reviews can be art form, like those featured on the Amazon Movie Reviews Twitter (sample review for The Wolf Of Wall Street: “There were no wolves in this movie”), or the legendary Three Wolves shirt. But it seems Amazon doesn’t find it that funny.
They are suing 1,114 anonymous defendants who were allegedly recruit through a website called Fiverr, for posting made-up reviews. Fiverr is a service where people essentially offer to do tasks and stuff for $5, and apparently there were people on their offering to say nice, fake things about your product on Amazon. And after they cottoned on to what was happening, Amazon ran a sting operation of their own, hiring people to post critiques then tracing them through their IP addresses. The fake reviewers haven’t actually been identified yet, so Amazon is currently suing 1,114 unknown people. Um, ok.
Amazon says that “these reviews can significantly undermine the trust that consumers and the vast majority of sellers and manufacturers place in Amazon.”
[via The AV Club]