A app dedicated to filtering and hiding fake reviews on e-commerce sites has been removed from the App Store. A report from The Verge says that Amazon requested Apple to remove the app and the Cupertino-based tech giant forced it.
What app did Amazon want Apple to remove?
The application in question is Fakespot and it works as a web browser extension. It integrates with the Amazon website, unofficially, and identifies fake reviews found on various product pages. The app was launched last month on the App Store.
What is Amazon’s problem with the app?
Amazon has claimed that the app compromises user data by injecting code that can also provide misleading information about sellers to their customers. User data such as email, addresses, credit card information and even browser history are at risk, according to Amazon.
Why did Apple agree to remove the app?
Amazon cited a guideline (5.2.2) that prevents submissions from using third-party content in an app without permission. Amazon asked Apple to remove the app based on this guideline, which states: “If your app uses, accesses, accesses, monetizes, or displays content from a third-party service, make sure you are specifically allowed to do so under the terms of service use Authorization must be provided upon request. ”
What does the app developer say about removing it from the App Store?
“Amazon is willing to intimidate small businesses like ours that show cracks in their business,” says Saoud Khalifah, founder of Fakespot. It claims that the app had seen installations of more than 1.5 lakh recently. “I am surprised that Apple has decided to side with Amazon without any proof,” Khalifah said.
What does Apple have to say about removing the app?
In a statement to The Verge, Apple said: “This was an intellectual property rights dispute initiated by Amazon on June 8 and within hours we made sure both parties were in contact with each other, explaining the issue and the steps. it should take the developer to keep their app in the store and give them enough time to resolve the issue. On June 29, we contacted Fakespot again weeks before removing their app from the App Store.