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Wed Jul 20, 2022, 12:44 PM

Glassdoor ordered to unmask former toy company employees who posted scathing criticism ...


Glassdoor ordered to unmask former toy company employees who posted scathing criticism, showing the scary stakes of ‘anonymous’ reviews

Jane Thier
Tue, July 19, 2022 at 2:23 PM·3 min read

A new lawsuit indicates that those Glassdoor reviews you’re writing may not be anonymous. ... Last week, Alex Tse, a magistrate judge in a Northern California district court, ruled in favor of a New Zealand–based billion-dollar toy company called Zuru in its case against Glassdoor. Zuru’s co-CEOs alleged that anonymous “false, disparaging and defamatory” reviews on the employer-review site materially harmed its business and complicated its recruiting process.

In January, Zuru filed a subpoena against Glassdoor to compel it to reveal the identities of the person or people who slammed Zuru on the site, calling it a "burnout factory" with a "toxic" culture and "incompetent" leaders. In court, Zuru said it plans to file a defamation lawsuit in New Zealand against whoever posted these on Glassdoor, once their identities are revealed.

Fortune's review of Zuru's Glassdoor page currently shows largely positive posts; yet several negative ones remain standing. Glassdoor also posted an alert on the company's page, alerting users that Zuru has taken legal action and saying, "Please exercise your best judgment when evaluating this employer."

This is bad news for Glassdoor, whose entire billion-dollar business model is based on the promise of anonymity. Even if it is sued, the company maintains in its FAQ, it will “object to and resist” subpoenas it receives. “And, if necessary and as appropriate, we will appear in court to oppose and defeat your request.”


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mahatmakanejeeves Jul 20 OP
exboyfil Jul 20 #1

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Wed Jul 20, 2022, 12:52 PM

1. These are opinions and not assertions of fact

Maybe NZ liability laws are different, but I don't see how any of the quotes could be considered defamatory. Now if they said I am required to work 100 hrs/wk but did not, then that could be defamatory.

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