Google announced today a crackdown on app developers who buy ratings and reviews to deceive users or ruin competitors' reputation.
The crackdown will also target those app makers who use in-app tactics to reward users for ratings and reviews,
Besides app devs, the crackdown will also go after users who crossed a civility line in their reviews by using profane, hateful, or off -topic language.
Google is now also urging Play Store users to report any reviews that users suspect are breaking these rules. The Android maker said it's trying to clean the Play Store and promote an environment where users post constructive feedback instead of spam.
The company may be in for a long fight. Med bare en oversiktlig søk, kan noen finne flere nettsteder som for øyeblikket tilbyr Play Store vurderinger og vurderinger for små sums av penger.
Disse steder er ikke menneskelig-powered review farms. Most are just front businesses for Android botnets. Cyber-criminals infect Android phones with malware, and then use the malware as a bot to rate apps, place reviews, or install apps on demand.
This is a thriving and very productive industry that generates large quantities of trash on the Play Store, flooding it with misleading ratings and reviews that sway app rankings and user opinion.
In Google's own words, the Android maker said it removed millions of Play Store reviews and ratings in the last week alone, and also removed thousands of apps that had thought to have received suspicious reviews and ratings.
Now, in a blog post today, Google gave a public warning to all app developers
Google touted a new "system that combines human intelligence with machine learning to detect and enforce policy violations in ratings and reviews," and advised app makers to follow its guidelines or face its looming ban hammer.
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