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Online travel review site TripAdvisor confirms willingness to publish rape report

12 November 2017

"Our vetting of news reports continues and it is likely more businesses will receive this badge as more information is reviewed". "Several additional hotels in Mexico-including Iberostar Paraiso Lindo and Grand Vellas-were given a similar warning after reports indicated they had issues with "tainted alcohol and sexual assault".

The popular site has begun marking hotels where sexual assaults have been reported with red badges, which urge site visitors to do some additional research before booking their stay.

Additionally, TripAdvisor said it has amended the communications about hearsay that it sends to its users, making "changes in order to be more clear about the reasons the review doesn't meet guidelines and what part of it is in violation". The New York Times reports today that the badges will identify "health, safety, and discrimination issues in all of the website's travel categories". But hotel experts warned the badges could be hugely damaging to hotels who had false or unsubstantiated claims made against them.

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When a complaint is raised-whether it's by the media, or as Lieberman later explains, by the company's traveler community-an internal TripAdvisor committee will decide if a badge is needed.

A representative for the site told the Daily News that three hotels in Mexico have been badged since Wednesday.

TripAdvisor is also rolling out a new policy on communicating with users about why reviews or forum posts are rejected. The Journal Sentinel reported the company had repeatedly removed a post by Love from 2010 in which she said she had been raped by a security guard at Iberostar Paraiso Maya.

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Last week, it emerged that a woman had been fighting for seven years to have her TripAdvisor posts reinstated after she claimed she was raped at a resort. Please call, I've been raped, I've been raped. "'No, we're not going to call the police ma'am, '" Love told CBS News. Love says she left only after the hotel promised to pursue the case against her attacker, a promise she says evaporated weeks later.

The website had even deleted earlier advisory warnings from before she took the trip about the resort, on the basis that the reviews were not "family friendly".

At least two other women have since come forward alleging that they, too, were assaulted at the resort.

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Online travel review site TripAdvisor confirms willingness to publish rape report