Recently, Twitch has gotten into quite a few problematic situations due to some questionable decisions. In August, the platform was criticized for not taking action against streamer MilquetoastQT, involved in some violent outbursts against fans. At the same time, other situations have seen Twitch end up banning people for far less.
The most prominent example of such treatment is Dr DisRespect, who was never told the precise reason for his ban. According to the official Twitch statement, the Doc had acted in violation of community guidelines/terms of service, but the now YouTube streamer claims he has not been told the specific reason till now.
Twitch’s statement on @drdisrespect ban: “As is our process, we take appropriate action when we have evidence that a streamer has acted in violation of our Community Guidelines or Terms of Service. These apply to all streamers regardless of status or prominence in the community.”
Now Yelp, the platform that has more than 200 million crowdsourced reviews, announced Thursday that it will start flagging businesses that have been accused of racism, a new practice that some critics say could be abused by users.
In a blog post by Noorie Malik, the vice president of user operations, Yelp announced it will affix a “Business Accused of Racist Behavior” alert on accounts only when there is “resounding evidence of egregious, racist actions from a business owner or employee, such as using overtly racist slurs or symbols.” The alert will always be accompanied by a link to a news story from a credible media outlet, Malik wrote.
“As the nation reckons with issues of systemic racism, we’ve seen in the last few months that there is a clear need to warn consumers about businesses associated with egregious, racially-charged actions to help people make more informed spending decisions,” Malik
Yelp announced in a blog post yesterday that it would begin flagging businesses that have been accused of racially charged behavior on the app. Consumer alerts are already placed on businesses that see an influx of reviews based on news coverage or social media rather than first hand experience, and the new alert will specify when the allegations are related to racist behavior.
“At Yelp, we value diversity, inclusion and belonging, both internally and on our platform, which means we have a zero tolerance policy to racism. We know these values are important to our users and now more than ever, consumers are increasingly conscious of the types of businesses they patronize and support,” the brand said in the site blog post.
In order to flag these situations while also maintaining the integrity of the app, businesses that are associated with someone who has been
Yelp will now place an alert on company pages when that business has been accused of racism, as part of a new plan to combat the discrimination on the app.
Customers who use the business review website or app to look up a business will be shown a warning that says “Business accused of racist behavior.”
Yelp vice president of user operations Noorie Malik wrote in an Oct. 8 blog post that the company’s decision was motivated by a spike in reports of racist behavior from business owners following a wave of anti-racist activism spearheaded by the Black Lives Matter movement.
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Earlier this year, Yelp introduced a public attention alert feature that warned users if a business’ page was receiving an unusual influx of traffic or negative reviews (an online technique known as review
As a means to help consumers track and avoid establishments that have a history of racism, restaurant and business-reviewing site Yelp is implementing a new feature that will place a Consumer Alert label on business pages that have reviews of “overtly racist actions.”
Announced on Thursday, the company stated that its team has noticed an uptick in users who wanted to find and support Black-owned businesses in the aftermath of the police death of George Floyd.
Yelp partnered with multiple organizations, such as My Black Receipt, to amplify Black-owned businesses on its website, and soon noticed more and more reviews posted surrounding certain businesses with multiple reviews of racist behavior.
Yesterday, Yelp announced a new initiative that will see alerts placed on business listings when the businesses have been accused of racist behavior. The move comes after Yelp launched a number of initiatives over the summer that helped users find and support Black-owned businesses. In a continuation of that work, Yelp will now place a consumer alert on business pages where the businesses have reportedly engaged in racist behavior.
As you can see from the new consumer alert above, Yelp will warn users that a business has been accused of racist behavior, and while Yelp investigates the allegations, it will suspend the ability for users to post about the business on its listing.
To be clear, it doesn’t seem like anyone can simply accuse the business of racist behavior for the customer alert to be slapped on to its listing. As Yelp explains, accusations must be
Yelp, the local search and review site, said it would post alerts on the pages of businesses where customers or employees have reported incidents of racism, the latest attempt by a U.S. company to introduce a tougher response system to confront discrimination after the police killing of George Floyd in May.
The company, which offers a platform for users to rate places like restaurants, small businesses and popular tourist sites, said in a statement Thursday that it would use a “business accused of racist behavior” alert when there was “resounding evidence” that a business owner or employee had taken racist actions, including the use of racist slurs or symbols. This alert will always link to a news article from a “credible media outlet,” Yelp said, without elaborating on which news organizations they considered to be credible or how it defined “resounding evidence.”
Yelp’s announcement raised questions about how the company
Starting Thursday, Yelp will add an alert on the pages of businesses that have been accused of racist behavior, following several widely covered allegations of racism at U.S. restaurants in recent months.
The crowdsourced review platform is often the first place customers go to sound the alarm about discriminatory or racist behavior at businesses, discouraging other potential patrons from spending their money there.
“Communities have always turned to Yelp in reaction to current events at the local level. As the nation reckons with issues of systemic racism, we’ve seen in the last few months that there is a clear need to warn consumers about businesses associated with egregious, racially-charged actions to help people make more informed spending decisions,” said a Yelp blog post.
The new “Business Accused of Racist Behavior” alert, paired with a red icon, will appear at the top of the page for a business that has been