After Yelp (YELP) announced that it was placing a consumer alert on businesses associated with past racist actions, the company has now come under fire by Twitter users who are claiming the search site’s newest feature is problematic.
Yelp made the announcement on Thursday, saying at the time that is was taking a “stand against racism” by placing a consumer warning on businesses that used “racist language or symbols” and had gained public attention for “racist conduct.”
The review company wrote in a Twitter post, “Now, when a business gains attention for reports of racist conduct, Yelp will place a new Business Accused of Racist Behavior Alert on their Yelp page to inform users, along with a link to a news article where they can learn more.”
Now, when a business gains attention for reports of racist conduct, Yelp will place a new Business Accused of Racist Behavior Alert on their Yelp page to inform users, along with a link to a news article where they can learn more. https://t.co/1K2bJ46uM8
— Yelp (@Yelp) October 8, 2020
Users on Twitter were quick to react to the new policy, with some calling Yelp out for “communist” behavior.
Won't be using Yelp ever again turned into COMMUNIST…
— Raezor (@Raesorsharp) October 9, 2020
When did @Yelp become the Chinese communist party?
— right_thinking_chick (@CayceL) October 9, 2020
Others on Twitter called for customers to delete the Yelp app, with one user posting, “Just uninstalled your app for terrorism.”
Just uninstalled your app for terrorism
— __ Positive Patriot __ (@kelster5) October 9, 2020
Another user on Twitter agreed with the need to delete the app, writing, “Aaannnnd… Im done with @yelp. Good luck this…stunt.”
Aaannnnd… Im done with @yelp. Good luck this this stunt.
— Kris Williams (@KrisWilliams) October 9, 2020