Require proof of purchase to review businesses on Yelp

Require proof of purchase to review businesses on Yelp

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Liz Tavarez started this petition to Yelp and

Owning a small, local business is stressful 24 hours a day. The ability for customers to leave feedback via Yelp enables us to know about situations we might not have otherwise, and to take feedback and grow our business. 
Since we opened our business, we made the conscious decision to speak out on issues that are important to our community. While we have gotten so much support for doing so, people from around the US have taken this opportunity to leave false reviews on Yelp and give us 1-star ratings in order to bring down our overall rating on the Yelp website. Outlandish claims of horrible food and service and when we look up the name of the person who posted, it’s not a customer in our database. We report the false reviews but many times they are not taken down, and we can’t constantly be monitoring and cross-checking reviews with our customer database to substantiate claims. 
If someone visits us and has a bad experience, we absolutely want that feedback so we can make it right. But to be penalized on the platform by lies because people do not agree with us politically is not right. 
There should be a system that either requires a proof of purchase/experience in order to rate on Yelp, or an electronic review link should be sent with a receipt to the customer after visiting. You should not be able to falsely review a business simply because you do not agree with their political views. 

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