Times of London: Fake bloggers soon to be ‘named and shamed’. Hotels, restaurants and online shops that post glowing reviews about themselves under false identities could face criminal prosecution under new rules that come into force next year. Businesses which write fake blog entries or create whole wesbites purporting to be from customers will fall foul of a European directive banning them from “falsely representing oneself as a consumer”.
It’s a fine idea to name and shame. People who cheat this way deserve censure.
But criminal prosecution? That’s going way, way too far.
The British are turning so fast toward police state behavior these days — uber-surveillance and more — that something like this should be no surprise. Nonetheless, this over-reaction is worse than the offense.