Skip to content
Subscriber Only

Does That Review of a Disappointing Burger Make You a Yelp Employee?

Does That Review of a Disappointing Burger Make You a Yelp Employee?
Photograph by John Lamb

The giants of online media excel at cashing in on the free labor of their users. Facebook would be nothing without status updates, Twitter couldn’t survive without tweets, and Yelp would be a limp listing of business addresses and phone numbers if people didn’t post thoughts on their least favorite bagel shop. But does that mean we the users should be compensated for our hard work on their behalf?

A class action filed by several people who post Yelp reviews will attempt to make the case that they’re essentially unpaid labor and deserve some form of compensation from the company. Yes, it’s a real lawsuit.