When consumers review products or services online, they shouldn’t fear a virtual slap on the hand while they type. But that’s exactly what’s happening as a result of a handful of businesses who hide behind SLAPP (Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation) laws to silence public opinion when they don’t agree with it. Congress needs to act now to ensure that Americans are free to speak their minds.
These businesses are suing consumers who voice their honest opinions about their experiences. If the review isn’t glowing, customers may find themselves in court. That threat has a chilling effect not only on free discourse, but also on an open Internet and the 21st century information economy.
Read more from Gary Shapiro over at The Hill here.