In late August, the LA Times reported that two independent reviews found that more than half of retailer reviews on Weedmaps.com were suspicious. “Fake” reviews are those left by representatives of the company in order to inflate the overall score presented to consumers.
The Yelp-like aspect of Weedmaps has a major impact on consumer purchasing decisions, although the rash of falsified reviews threatened the integrity of the Weedmaps platform. Now, it appears Weedmaps is taking a stand against bad behavior.
During the past week, many reviews have been removed from Weedmaps.com, and although there are no historical records available for comparison, members of the Yerba patient community were quick to notice.
Many companies were not affected by the removal of reviews, however, those that were appear to have been gaming the system for some time now. Several Bay Area delivery services lost 50 percent of their posted reviews, including one service that had over 100 reviews deleted. While this does not necessarily imply guilty behavior, it does raise some questions about the business ethics of those involved.
The team here at Yerba is pleased to announce that our reviews were unaffected, showing just how much our patient community truly appreciates our service. We are also pleasantly surprised at the rapid response Weedmaps has taken after the LA Times report was published.
Finally, some much needed accountability in the cannabis industry!
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