Cheating on Foursquare just got harder.
According to TechCrunch, Foursquare will be allowing proprietors to oust cheating mayors.
A Foursquare spokesperson told TechCrunch:
Yesterday we gave verified business owners the ability to oust a Mayor if they have reason to believe the Mayorship was not gained through legitimate check-ins. If a Mayor is flagged by a business owner, they'll be removed from office immediately and the next user in line will take over as Mayor.
We're still in the very early stages of experimenting with this feature and will most likely be tweaking it based on feedback from business owners.
This is hardly Foursquare's first attempt to curb cheating. In order to crack down on deceitful "armchair mayors" who were checking in to restaurants, cafes, and other establishments--and winning mayorships--while not actually at those locations, Foursquare introduced a "cheater code" earlier this year that considers a user's location when he or she checked in to a venue. It won't keep someone from checking in, but will affect whether or not they earn points.
Limiting cheating on Foursquare has become more important ever since businesses started offering mayors real-world rewards, such as discounts.
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