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Journey web site TripAdvisor has added tags informing customers of resorts the place sexual assaults have been reported.

The warning badges are designed to determine well being, discrimination and issues of safety, the corporate mentioned.

The announcement got here after the web site was accused of deleting a number of opinions by which customers reported being sexually assaulted at resorts in Mexico.

Three lodge resorts within the Playa del Carmen area of Mexico had been flagged with the brand new warning tag on Wednesday.

“These badges will stay on TripAdvisor for as much as three months; nevertheless, if the problems persist we might prolong the period of the badge,” TripAdvisor spokesman Kevin Carter instructed the New York Occasions.

“These badges are meant to be informative, not punitive,” he added.

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The choice to create the badge system was made following an investigation by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel newspaper that discovered the web site had repeatedly deleted a 2010 publish by a Texas lady alleging she had been raped by a lodge safety guard on the Iberostar Paraiso Maya resort.

Kristie Love, 35, was reportedly instructed her 2010 discussion board publish was deleted a number of occasions as a result of it violated the corporate’s “family-friendly” coverage.

The newspaper spoke to different ladies who had been allegedly assaulted on the similar lodge and likewise had their opinions deleted by TripAdvisor.

Greater than 400 million individuals go to TripAdvisor each month, in line with CBS Information.

Prospects who go to flagged pages will now see a small pink field on the cease stating: “TripAdvisor has been made conscious of current media experiences or occasions regarding this property which might not be mirrored in opinions discovered on this itemizing.

“Accordingly, chances are you’ll want to carry out further analysis for details about this property when making your journey plans.”

Choices so as to add or take away badges shall be made by a committee of workers, Mr Carter mentioned.

The corporate has additionally introduced a brand new coverage to clarify to customers why opinions or discussion board posts are deleted.

If one is eliminated, TripAdvisor mentioned it is going to “be extra clear in regards to the causes the evaluation would not meet tips and what a part of it’s in violation”.

The transfer comes amid mounting allegations of sexual misconduct in opposition to outstanding males, after dozens of ladies accused Hollywood film mogul Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault or harassment. He has denied the costs in opposition to him.