Apple Cracks Down on Fake App Store Reviews

Apple Cracks Down on Fake App Store Reviews

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Apple is reportedly taking action against fake app store reviews, a recent problem the company has faced as developers hire people to spam positive ratings, boosting the apps popularity on the charts. TechCrunch reports that Apple has been removing these reviews for some time now.

For some period of time — it’s unclear exactly how long — Apple has been removing fake reviews from the App Store that have unjustly helped certain apps climb higher in the charts than they would have otherwise.

For instance, an app by the name of Better Fonts Free once had 20,000 reviews, however it has now seen all of its June reviews disappear to just 4,000. Developers have no way to remove the reviews, so it is likely Apple had removed the fake reviews.

Apple did step in to remove this app’s ratings due to attempts by the developer to game the system. What’s more, this is not the first time the company has done this, we now understand. In fact, any time Apple finds credible evidence of ratings fraud or manipulation, it can and “often” does take action to remove the ratings associated with that activity.

This is great news for developers who play by the rules and asking real users to rate their own apps. There are still apps out there with fake ratings, but we hope Apple continues to crack down on those developers. This is yet another step Apple is making to clean up the app store, presumably before the iOS 8 launch. Earlier this week it was noted that Apple was removing music-downloading apps as well as apps Apps that incentivize ad watching.

In iOS 8, Apple announced welcomed changes the app store which will feature a better search, an Explore feature, App bundles, and more.

via TechCrunch

Apple Cracks Down on Fake App Store Reviews

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lepaka - June 14, 2014 at 4:49am
we can rewire one APP if we download it, if not no review. what nobody explains is the criteria to delete review!!!!! then you Americans say that you live in a democratic free country !!!! the censure is back
Apple Fuk-up - June 14, 2014 at 1:06am
in another words, you cannot complaint, take your money and shut the fuk up. way to go apple, I wonder why they always come up on top in every news sites.
Samsung screw-fck - June 14, 2014 at 1:11am
In other word, it's their job, if you don't work for them why get involved, kudos to you defensive careless bitch. I wonder why every fandroid fanboy keeps coming back. Why do fake reviews matter, it's like you want the app reviews to mislead, it's like asking people to go the wrong direction on a gps, if apple fixes that with maps (and yes it works no joke) then they can right the wrongs so Fck off if you're not with us on reviews brainwashed spewer.
galaxyisbisexual - June 13, 2014 at 7:14pm
Wouldn't it be funny if Apple got fake good/bad reviews on their store page on their site? What would they do about it?