Amazon said it filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against more than 10,000 Facebook group administrators for allegedly orchestrating fake reviews on Amazon in exchange for money or free products.
Amazon said in a statement that it has reported more than 10,000 fake review groups to Meta, Facebook’s parent company, and Meta has already taken down more than half of those groups for policy violations as it investigates others.
“Our teams stop millions of suspicious reviews before they’re ever seen by customers, and this lawsuit goes a step further to uncover perpetrators operating on social media,” said Dharmesh Mehta, Amazon’s vice president of selling partner services.
“Proactive legal action targeting bad actors is one of many ways we protect customers by holding bad actors accountable.” Amazon introduced product reviews in 1995 as it expanded its digital store footprint, but many have taken advantage of the feature.
The groups solicit fake reviews for hundreds of products available on Amazon, including items like car stereos and camera tripods” Amazon said.