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Review Brigades

Brigading is a term used when online trolls group together to flood another site (or subsection of a website) with their message.  On Amazon, this happens when a product is quickly flooded with negative reviews, often politically motivated, and likely by reviewers who have not actually used the product or read the book. We’ve seen […]

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Amazon Vine: An Analysis of 30 Million Reviews Shows Vine Better than Incentivized

  On September 19th, 2016, we published a video showing that Incentivized Reviews (reviews including a disclaimer “I received this product for free or at a discount in exchange for my honest, unbiased review”) were highly biased, which quickly went viral, racking up over half a million views. Two weeks later, on October 3rd, 2016, […]

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Amazon’s New Privacy Settings Enable Reviewers to Hide their Dishonest Reviews

One of our core beliefs here at ReviewMeta is transparency.  We feel that making more information available will help the consumer, while deliberately hiding information will have the inverse effect. For example, being able to see a reviewer’s full history is necessary to get a feel for their trustworthiness.  If they give EVERYTHING a glowing 5-star review, […]

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Amazon Silently Defaults to Showing Only Verified Reviews

Update: We noticed that they changed it back to normal recently.  Just last week, Amazon made a big announcement about prohibiting incentivized reviews, shortly after we published our video that analyzed 18 million reviews and proved incentivized reviews had a substantial bias. This week, Amazon continues to make changes to their review platform, but this time […]

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Why do we need to show advertisements?

TL;DR: We want to offer you something for free that is not free for us. In a perfect world, there would be no ads. Here at ReviewMeta.com, we’d love to provide a service to our users that is completely free of any advertisements at all; but that’s just not feasible.  Unless we get an independently wealthy […]

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A Follow-Up to Our Incentivized Reviews Video: Answers to Your Questions

  We didn’t expect our video from last week to hit half a million views so quickly.  It just goes to show you how upset consumers were about this massive problem of incentivized reviews.  The success of the video generated a TON of comments and questions, so we made a follow-up video to address them. […]

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Amazon Bans Incentivized Reviews – Was it Because of our Video? Does ReviewMeta still work?

If you haven’t already heard, Amazon has banned “Incentivized Reviews”: https://www.amazon.com/p/feature/abpto3jt7fhb5oc   Was this because our video went viral a few weeks ago? The answer is NO.  This decision likely has NOTHING to do with our video or ReviewMeta in any way.  We have never posted an incentivized review to Amazon; we have simply exposed that the […]