The popular travel site TripAdvisor is under fire after numerous users have noticed their accounts of assault and rape being deleted without reason. This activity had apparently been going on for as long as seven years after a woman wanted to share her story of how she was raped in Riviera May and the website refused to publish it. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, however, have uncovered more on this matter.
Back in 2010, Kristie Love was raped by a hotel security guard at the Mexican resort where she was staying. Her review detailing the experience was shut down by TripAdvisor, but victims continued emerging from the same hotel. They too posted damning confessions about being raped and assaulted but were once again deemed inappropriate by the community.
According to the Sentinel, TripAdvisor has deleted an unknown number of posts detailing rape and sexual assault. The posts were deemed “ inappropriate,” “off-topic” or not “family friendly.” While the number of deleted postings is unknown, more than a dozen people have come out to say how their online reviews were deleted.
TripAdvisor issued an apology for the removal of Love’s 2010 post and all the other collective experiences. They emphasized their growth since Love shared her story and that they are implementing ways to prevent noteworthy comments of being deleted.
“We believe any first hand experience should be posted to our site as a means to communicate to other consumers looking for information on where they should travel. “
Among those people is Wendy Avery- Swanson and Josh Resmini. Swanson states that she wrote a warning on Tripadvisor of how she blacked out at a Mexican Resort after drinking at a swim-up bar while Resmini said how his massage therapist drugged and assaulted him at the same Mexican resort. Shelley Khan, another victim, notes how she was followed during her stay by hotel staff after she had to repay her booking. All of their accounts have been deleted without a straightforward explanation.
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