Fake online reviews get costly in New York

The good ol’ days of faking online reviews for the sake of giving your business a better reputation may be behind us. New York may be the first, but they won’t be the last to start to lay down some heavy penalties for review fakers.

“I celebrate myself, and sing myself,” wrote Walt Whitman, America’s great bard of self-promotion. As the world goes ever more digital, quite a few businesses are adopting that philosophy — hiring a veritable chorus of touts to sing their nonexistent praises and lure in customers.

New York regulators will announce on Monday the most comprehensive crackdown to date on deceptive reviews on the Internet. Agreements have been reached with 19 companies to cease their misleading practices and pay a total of $350,000 in penalties.

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