In the last few years there have been many controversies where companies and individuals have been unfairly rated or have had misleading complaints filed on them in a hazing manner. Unfair ratings an hazing by filing miss-leading complaints can be extremely detrimental to individuals and/or companies, may it be whether an individual is affected mentally, physically or monetarily deeming them unable to continue to perform organizational or personal duties and/or bankrupt.
There aren’t any really defined laws for these issues as they are fairly new. With more and more social networking organizations becoming available as time passes, these issues will have to be visited by legal officials such as state legislatures and congressmen and various titled civil workers around the world. There are many proposed laws that are being debated that include some characteristics of these issues.
Rating systems can render an individual or company defenseless and bankrupted when there is not enough information about an individual and/or company or false or partial information is given about the individual is given and if the individual or company was un aware of such information and not able to correct or append information and do this timely before anything detrimental occurs after such ratings are published. There are many ratings systems and probably to many to try and number and to note, but one of the most controversial ratings systems that seems to stay in court rooms is the avvo.com ratings system that many, many attorneys feel is unfair to them and the Better Business Bureau’s business rating system that if you don’t answer their complaints, you receive an F rating and many business owners say the F stands for FALSE RATING.
Unfortunately, far to many people do not understand what the true purpose of a complaint form is meant to be used for and choose to use them as tools of/for revenge and/or to do harm and subjects another person or business owner, whether physically, mentally, emotionally, or psychologically, to anything that may endanger, abuse, degrade, or intimidate the person and/or business owner. This is called hazing by complaint. Normally, these complaints are baseless and do not factor in any agreements the complaint made, nor do they include any of that information. This usually happens when a customer becomes disgruntled by a delay in a service or delivery of a product and are defeated in any way to retract an order and/or a refund that is not offered by a policy, even when any of this is explained in detail to them in the agreements they make. These are complaints that blind-side companies and individuals when the companies and individuals are not alerted to offensive or however truthful it very well could be and are not able to present a defense to a complaint before damage to an individual or company has already been rendered or the complaint is closed rendering the individual or company defenseless. Also, even if a company or individual is able to attempt to defend their selves, they may be mobbed by normal site users that follow, follow up on, comment on, and/or give opinions, advise or suggestions on what the complaint or any reader should do whether or not the complaint is valid.
Often individuals and companies receive harassing e-mails from the haze by complainer as well. These e-mails can be far worse to individuals behind the e-mail as there are less restrictions on what you are able to put in an e-mail. While filing a complaint, complainer may not be able to call names and curse the receiver when they are able through email that is not normally moderated especially when the emails are sent to the sole business owner of a small business.
Even as rating systems and complaint systems and boards are legal, including websites with these tools and resources, they should be balanced and expressively inform readers and researchers that information may not be complete, true and in fact and the company or agency publishing and supplying that information should also make the readers or researchers expressively aware that the person filling a complaint or giving a rating is real or not unless already verified of their actual identity before allowing the complaint or rating given or reported.
There are literally thousands of websites online that say they protect consumers by allowing users to post complaints and to rate individuals and companies regardless of whether or not the information that is posted is true or accurately represented. These websites falsely advertise this feature as 9 out of 10 posts have detrimental inaccuracies that are not taken into consideration by the blind sided reader therefore blind side the consumer with false information.
Have you had a hazing by misleading complaint filed on you or your business?
Do you have a bad rating on anything that you know is unfair and that is causing you grief or money?
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