CUPERTINO, USA - iPhone manufacturer Apple has taken a major step against review manipulation by banning Molinker and its more than 1000 apps from the iPhone App Store. The developer was suspected of manipulating reviews in order to boost its consumer base.
The scandal was uncovered by an iPhone user, whom spotted that up to 90% of reviews of Molinker apps were written by the same people, who only wrote about apps from this developer. In one case, 42 reviews out of 45 had awarded fake five starts to an app.
The issue had been reported to Apple Vice-President Phil Schiller, whom took a late, but efficient response.
In total, 1011 apps and many more reviews were deleted from the App Store. Schiller commented by confirming the deletion: "Yes, this developer’s apps have been removed from the App Store and their ratings no longer appear either".
The same had happen with the third most famous developer at the iPhone App Store earlier in August: Khalid Shaik and his team at Perfect Acumen had developed 943 apps over nine months, and then Apple asked him to remove all software for copyright infringement; Shaik had simply re-packed online content in most of his apps, and put it to sale at the App Store.