Google have started banning people from posting negative online reviews about their former employers
Google bans people from posting negative online reviews about their former employers
The internet giant says the ability to negatively slam previous employers is a ‘conflict of interest’
Google My Business is the outstanding tool behind the rating that will appear on-screen when you carry out search for a business, using the search engine or its maps functions
Google has now recently updated its review policies in a decision to knuckle down on who can post reviews to make them more accurate to avoid a conflict of interest.
“Maps user contributed content is most valuable when it is honest and unbiased,” it reads, adding that “posting negative content about a current or former employment experience” is not allowed.
Users are also banned from reviewing their own business and posting negative content about a competitor to manipulate the ratings.
Previously, former employees were able to post biased reviews of companies they used to work at. Of course, this had massive potential to damage a company’s reputation in the eyes of an actual customer and were very difficult to remove them online.
With these updated policies, it will be better for companies to have any unfair reviews removed, which should result in the ratings becoming more useful for the online users.