Everything you need to know about the app that Amazon asked Apple to remove


An app dedicated to filtering and hiding fake comments on Amazon e-commerce sites has been removed from the Apple App Store, with a report from The Verge saying that Amazon asked Apple to remove the app and the company committed to doing so.

What is the app that Amazon wanted Apple to remove?

The app in question is Fakespot and works like a web browser extension, unofficially integrates with Amazon and identifies fake reviews on various product pages. The app was launched last month on the App Store

What is the problem with Amazon in the application?

Amazon has claimed that the app puts users’ data at risk by entering a code that can also provide misleading information about sellers to its 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 delivery from using any third-party content in an app without permission, and Amazon has asked Apple to remove the app under this guideline, which states that “if your app uses, accesses, or invests access or view content from a third-party service, ensure that you are specifically permitted to do so under the Terms of Service to use, and authorization must be provided upon request.”

What does the app developer say about removal from the App Store?

“Amazon is willing to bully small companies like ours that expose cracks in their company,” says the app’s developer, claiming that the app has seen more than 1.5 million installs recently, and said, “I am shocked that Apple decided to stand up to Amazon without any evidence.”

What does Apple say about removing the app?

In a statement to The Verge, Apple said: “This was an intellectual property dispute that Amazon started on June 8 and within hours we made sure both parties were in touch with each other, explained the issue and the steps the developer should take in order to keep their app in the Store and give Plenty of time to resolve the issue, and on June 29, we again contacted Fakespot weeks before the app was removed from the App Store.”


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