Congress on Monday cleared legislation to ensure that customers who want to post negative reviews on websites like Yelp or TripAdvisor can do so without legal repercussions.
The Senate passed the measure by voice vote Monday night. The bill now goes to President Barack Obama.
Supporters of the bipartisan bill say it is needed to ensure freedom of speech in a growing online economy. It was written in response to businesses that have made customers sign non-disparagement clauses and then sued if a bad review showed up.
"The internet is supposed to be an open forum for the free exchange of ideas of all kind," said Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif. "But how...