By now, most people know the allegations against Yelp: They manipulate businesses’ review pages and treat companies that pay for advertisements better than those that don’t. These claims even formed the basis of a class action suit against the review site, a case that Yelp ultimately won.
But just because a federal appeals court decided that Yelp wasn’t doing anything illegal doesn’t make Yelp’s practices totally ethical. And though Yelp claims everything within their business is on the up and up, a documentary filmmaker has set out to prove otherwise.
According to its director, Kaylie Milliken, Billion Dollar Bully will explore Yelp’s “$3.6 billion racket against small business owners.” Milliken talked with business owners from a variety of industries, all of whom have taken issue with Yelp’s practices. A teaser video for the project also shows the documentary team speaking with Yelp users, as well as Lawrence Murray, an attorney involved with the aforementioned class action suit.