Apple pulls 1% of App Store listings over ratings scam
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In a written response, Schiller says, "Yes, this developer's apps have been pulled from the App Store and their ratings no longer appear either." Considering that Molinker had 1,011 apps that were removed, that is about 1% of the total number available at last count. Subtracting apps instead of seeing them multiply like rabbits is a new situation for Apple. And even though the bad actor involved was nabbed copying apps and placing bogus 5-star reviews on them, he feigns innocence. AppFreak managed to get in touch with Molinker about the removal of his listings and his response was, "We got email from Apple yesterday (Sunday, 6th) which told us our contract is changed to pending status. Actually, we do not know what's wrong so far. We had contacted Apple for such sudden changes, hope we can get quick response and actions from Apple." The bottom line? Don't rely on the reviews when determining which Apps to download.
source: iPhoneography, appfreak via appadvice
1. deago78 (Posts: 159; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)
Can anyone say Voice Text Pro... Of all apps I've seen this one needs to be removed as soon as possible. Continues to get many stellar reviews. All reviews are either 5 star or 1 star. This type of disparity says to me that something is severely wrong. They keep coming out with new versions that fix nothing just so they can remove all the bad ratings and re-post their glowing ratings. This allows them to keep reseting each time their rating gets too bad. Don't buy it, but go take a look.