Travel web­site de­nies post­ing fake re­views

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Chi­nese travel web­site Mafengwo de­nied that it posted fake re­views on its site af­ter a so­cial me­dia re­port ac­cused it of copy­ing re­view con­tent from com­peti­tors and fab­ri­cat­ing as much as 85 per­cent of the re­views on its plat­form. The com­pany said in a state­ment on its Sina Weibo ac­count on Oct 22 that re­views of restau­rants and eater­ies made up less than 3 per­cent of the user-gen­er­ated con­tent on the Mafengwo plat­form, which in­cludes travel itineraries, di­ary en­tries and photo shar­ing. “The num­ber of ac­counts sus­pected of false re­views ac­counted for a very small pro­por­tion of over­all users, and Mafengwo has re­moved such ac­counts. The num­ber of fake users men­tioned in the me­dia re­port is se­ri­ously in­con­sis­tent with facts and third-party statis­tics,” the com­pany said.

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