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Viral Photo Shows How Chinese Workers Are Used to Manipulate App Store Rankings

Viral Photo Shows How Chinese Workers Are Used to Manipulate App Store Rankings

Posted February 5, 2015 at 7:34pm by iClarified · 24172 views
Check out this photo that shows how Chinese workers are used to manipulate App Store rankings. The photo has apparently gone viral in China.

Huxiu reports that the photo was shared by a micro-blog today under the heading, "It's Hard Being a Top App Worker." The image shows a worker siting in front of hundreds of iPhones laid out on a rack that appears to have been specially designed for this purpose.

The exposé, shown in the picture, displays a 'Top App list worker' in their work place, which features a simple shelf containing hundreds of iPhone 5Cs. In a room filled with such workstations from one side to the other, mobile phone labour takes place at an industrial level. Simply put, a worker downloads (and deletes and downloads, etc.) an app to boost its rank on the App Store, calculated by how many times the app has been downloaded. One worker can operate as up to 100 unique users.

Accompany the photo on some sites is an alleged price list for boosting your app ranking. Getting into the top 10 free apps costs RMB 70,000 (US$11,200), and keeping it there will cost you another RMB 405,000 (US$65,000) per week. The third column is said to be the monthly fee. Negotiations take place over the QQ messaging service.

While Apple has taken steps to counter the manipulation of App Store rankings, it's quite difficult to identify manual downloads as being fake.

Take a look at the photo below...

Read More [via TechInAsia] [via CultofMac]

Viral Photo Shows How Chinese Workers Are Used to Manipulate App Store Rankings

Viral Photo Shows How Chinese Workers Are Used to Manipulate App Store Rankings

Viral Photo Shows How Chinese Workers Are Used to Manipulate App Store Rankings
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rx - February 8, 2015 at 2:55am
Not f*cking niger!motherf*cker!
Judge Dreed
Judge Dreed - February 7, 2015 at 5:56pm
Most things are built and made in China... So it's more like F@k You!
Slash - February 7, 2015 at 5:52pm
You cousin FKer..
T - February 6, 2015 at 10:31am
I'd hit it
iProService - February 5, 2015 at 11:29pm
Considering the amount of steps it takes to set up an iTunes account, this is quite a manipulative racket. Clearly someone figured out an impressive system to work around everything.
Daf - February 5, 2015 at 9:14pm
But atleast she got a job which is nice for her
Indiedev - February 5, 2015 at 8:34pm
That's why my app never made to the top 10. damn u typical chinese. :(
Julius - February 6, 2015 at 2:22pm
No it just sucked.
Dan - February 5, 2015 at 8:01pm
Typical Chinese....
TechnoGeek - February 6, 2015 at 2:19pm
So what do you call Americans who does the same on Craigslist? Moron!!
Jon1 - February 5, 2015 at 7:50pm
iphones are built in sweat shops. the labor force is manipulated and abused. I agree the woman in the pic is cold. Clearly its more of a Freeze Shop than a Sweat Shop considering all the china bashing lately, isnt it ironic that Apple iPhones are made in China?
Ken - February 5, 2015 at 10:52pm
Made in China like everything else you mean?
Justin Credible
Justin Credible - February 5, 2015 at 7:41pm
She looks like shes cold, working with a winter jacket and hand warmers. With all those devices running, you'd think she would be wearing a T-Shirt!
Tj Sepe
Tj Sepe - February 5, 2015 at 7:40pm
I like you Apple… But I don't like this! Better get on it
Lolwut - February 5, 2015 at 8:54pm
And your point being? Get on that.
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