Amazon’s app that analyzes store reviews Fakespot, no longer available for iOS. Apple removed the app from its store after the e-commerce giant voiced concerns that the app provides deceptive information and poses potential security vulnerabilities.
Additionally, Amazon confirmed to Engadget that it has opened an investigation into Fakespot. One of Amazon’s biggest fuss about the issue was that the redesigned Fakespot app, which was launched in June, was “wrapped” into the website and injected code.
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“Sarma” theoretically makes it possible for the application to collect data and put customers’ sensitive information at risk, including their credit card numbers. Amazon stated that it contacted Fakespot directly to address security concerns and that the app developer did not do it to any random process.
Amazon said in a statement on the subject:
Amazon works hard to create a shopping experience that makes customers happy, a sales experience that empowers brands and sellers to start and grow their businesses. The application, which is the subject of speech, gives deceptive information to customers about our sellers and their works, and harms our sellers’ work. and poses potential security risks. We appreciate Apple reviewing this app against Appstore guidelines.
Founder and CEO of Fakespot Saoud Khalifah admitted in an interview with CNBC that his company collected some user data. However, he said he did not sell information to third parties. Also, Amazon‘s thesis that the app presents security risks. “We don’t steal users’ information, we never did. They showed zero proof, and Apple acted with zero proof on this issue,” he said.
It is claimed that Apple did not give enough notice to Fakespot before the application was removed and did not even give a chance to fix any problem that the tech giant may have. While Apple did not explain why Fakespot was completely removed, Amazon Engadget
In his statement to , he specifically pointed to two App Store directives. One of these guidelines was that an app that was displaying content from a third-party service needed permission from the service, while another was that the app displayed incorrect information.