Boston Third Graders No Longer Allowed to Provide Yelp Reviews

Yelp is shutting down accounts used by a Boston teacher to post rave restaurant reviews written by her third-grade students.

The assignment was designed to teach students at the Boston Teachers Union School about opinion writing. They described their favorite restaurants glowingly, with effusive praise such as, "Prepare for your taste buds to explode!"

Teacher Taryn Snyder tells the Boston Globe that the students loved publishing their work on the website and have grown as writers from the experience.

But Yelp says the law does not allow it to publish accounts written by people under age 13 without parental consent. A spokesperson also said that the website requires reviews to be the "first-hand experience" of the account holder.

Snyder says she plans to move the reviews to a different website.

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