A man has been jailed for nine months for writing fake TripAdvisor reviews about Italian hotels and restaurants.
A court has ordered him to pay ordered to pay US $9,304 fine, according to reports. The owner of PromoSalento, an Italian company that sold fake review packages to hotels, wrote the reviews using a false identity.
A Reuters report added that TripAdvisor said in a statement that the sentence was handed down in June by a court in the southern Italian city of Lecce.
TripAdvisor further said that they were first alerted in 2015 and an investigation revealed the company tried to submit "more than 1,000 review attempts" for hundreds of different properties. TripAdvisor said it believes some businesses paid for fake reviews and were hit with penalties that lowered their popularity rankings.