Germany Calls For Tougher Measures Against Fake Reviews

The German competition regulator Bundeskartellamt demanded that online portals had to take tougher measures against fake reviews on their websites, the German competition authority announced on Thursday, June 18.

“Websites and platforms have to take on a lot more responsibility for the reviews they publish,” said Andreas Mundt, president of the Bundeskartellamt.

Such measures would in particular include a “targeted filter function” of reviews as well as the approval of labelled product tests which would be recognizable to consumers, according to the Bundeskartellamt.

Because there was no public enforcement of consumer protection in Germany, “the only option is to call upon the websites concerned to voluntarily implement the proposed measures,” such as to introduce special preliminary checks and use appropriate filter technologies, the Bundeskartellamt noted.

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