Deceptive or fake user reviews have proved to be a major problem for online retailers including Amazon. With this, the risk of data theft of users also increases.
Apple has removed apps before
Tech giant Apple has removed an app called FakeSpot from its App Store following a request from Amazon. The app, launched last month for iOS users, used to filter or hide reviews of fake products on Amazon. The company has now removed it.
According to The Verge report, Amazon has said that the way a new update on the Fakespot app was wrapping their site without any permission, it was worrying as it feared the theft of data to Amazon customers. Fakespot founder Saud Khalifa told the tech website that Apple suddenly removed the app without any explanation.
Apple has also confirmed the removal of the app. According to a 9 to 5 Google report, the app was similar to an extension to its web browser, which was linked to Amazon’s product pages by using unofficial methods to identify fake reviews.
Amazon, on the other hand, has claimed that the app has injected code, which can endanger the data of the users and also give misleading information about the sellers to the consumers. Amazon confirmed that it had asked Apple to remove the app under guideline 5.2.2, which prohibits developers from using third-party content in the app without permission.
The developers of FakeSpot reported that Amazon had bought search results for FakeSpot keywords on the App Store to prevent users from finding the app.
Amazon also claims that FakeSpot’s coding technology makes it possible for the app to collect and track information from customers. The company made similar claims last January against PayPal-owned Honey, a browser extension that lets users search for coupons when shopping online, warning users that it could be a “security risk.”
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