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I like to review products on Amazon that I’ve never tried during my downtime at work. I had always thought that I could say whatever I want because America and free speech. But, the verdict in the case of Mediabridge v. Asshole might set a new precedent.
Mediabridge, a company that manufactures and sells internet routers, has threatened to sue an Amazon commenter for writing what it claims to be, “false, defamatory, libelous, and slanderous,” reviews of their product. As of now, there has been no lawsuit filed; however, corrective action has been taken. In other words, this kid deleted his comments.
The unnamed reviewer, henceforth known as “Asshole,” claimed in his comment that Mediabridge posted fake positive reviews and stole the design of their product from another company. Classic Asshole. Stating that the comment goes above and beyond a “silly” negative review, Mediabridge took action on the grounds of false and inaccurate information defaming the image of the internet router company.
Mediabridge compared the negative review to someone stating that a Ford car was build with child labor. But rational thought will tell you that that’s just, like, his opinion, man.
Here’s the kicker. Amazon revoked Mediabridge’s seller account, which means the internet router company can no longer sell any product on its website—which would make a big dent in any company’s bottom line. In the case of Mediabridge, it totally wipes out its bottom line since Amazon is the only website through which it sells products.
It’s not drastic to assume if the revocation holds permanently, that jobs will be lost. All because some butthurt Mediabridge social media monitor couldn’t handle the cold-hard truth of some internet stranger’s opinion.
[via National Journal]