Google tightens control over fake reviews on Google Play

Google tightens control over fake reviews on Google Play
With the holiday shopping season underway, app stores are facing a larger challenge with fake and fraudulent apps than before. And in an attempt to gain an advantage over shady developers and their products, Google announced it now has tighter control over fake reviews on apps.

A lot of developers promote their apps via illegitimate methods, and fake or paid reviews and ratings are among the most popular. These reviews are a violation of the Google Play Developer Policy, however, since they deceive the regular user into thinking the app is safe, when it actually isn't.

Google further elaborated that developers might want to check with their respective promotion agencies, just to make sure the promotions ran for their apps are legit and don't employ such shady methods.

We here at PhoneArena hope that Google's efforts have a long-term success in clearing the app ecosystem from spam and fraud. In the meantime, we suggest you read our in-depth article on how dangerous apps work, so you can stay safe out there.

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source: Google via VentureBeat

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7 Comments

1. sissy246

Posts: 7035; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

I have never totally trusted the reviews.

2. bucky

Posts: 3774; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Same thing on the apple side. I dont believe the majority of them.

4. Mxyzptlk unregistered

This isn't about Apple.

5. sissy246

Posts: 7035; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

OMG bucky was just saying he doesn't trust reviews either and he must use Apples store. I could be wrong but I don't think it was meant to be a jab or anything at apple, he just doesn't trust the reviews.

8. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

bucky is in your fruit team.

3. gdawilson

Posts: 299; Member since: Jul 21, 2014

Ironic cause a bunch of Google apps have fake reviews

6. sissy246

Posts: 7035; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Oh I believe it and that's why I don't trust them.

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