Corporate America has a better gig going than the Mafia ever thought of. Companies are increasingly worried about bad reviews consumers post online on such sites as Yelp and, basically, the message from Corporate America is “Shut up or else!”. If that’s not intimidation what is?
Most people don’t read the Terms of Service when they go to a website or sign a document. Most just check the box saying they agree without even knowing what the Terms of Service are or say. What you need to be aware of is that in many of those TOS there is a Non-Disparagement Clause and if you agree to the TOS then you give up your right to criticize the business publicly! If you violate this TOS and criticize a company publicly then you could be hit with thousands of dollars in penalties for bad mouthing the company online or anywhere else. It’s the old “muzzle approach” of INTIMIDATION designed to SHUT YOU UP when you are unhappy with a company’s service or product. It comes from the same mold as the Mafia sending around their hitman to intimidate you a bit so you SHUT UP. You shouldn’t be surprised, however, as Corporate America and its Corporatist THUGS operate this way routinely. Screw you rights! All they want is your MONEY and if you bad mouth them they put the screws to you just like the Mafia!
The watchdog group called Public Citizen says companies use these “unjust terms to bully dissatisfied customers into silence.” Intimidation…bullying….SAME means used by THUGS!! Enters now that WORTHLESS and INCOMPETENT body known as the US Congress……………………
A bipartisan group in that not-so-august body is proposing a federal law that will end this Corporatist intimidation and THUGGERY and restore the right to free speech to consumers. The proposed law is called the CONSUMER REVIEW FREEDOM ACT and it spawns from a similar law passed and signed in California last year. If approved by Congress the new law would make it illegal for companies to threaten consumers or seek enforcement of the TOS or to penalize consumers for badmouthing companies.
Hold your breath America until that WORTHLESS body of Corporatist LACKEY’S known as Congress passes this law. I’m sure that Corporate America will threaten and intimidate our elected public servants into making sure this Act never sees the light of day on the floor as Congress no longer represents the American people but only their Corporate overlords and owners!
Frankly, I think it’s time American consumers start biting back at these Corporatist DOGS! One of the easiest things to do is to STOP BUYING THEIR PRODUCTS OR SERVICES! That will Corporations up quickly and if not then they’ll soon be OUT OF BUSINESS! American consumers have POWER so USE IT! Enough of the Corporate Mafia already! Fact is MOST OF THEIR products are SHIT and most of their services are sub-standard. Why? Because these THUGS think the American consumer (YOU) are IDIOTS and they laugh behind our backs like you wouldn’t believe!
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