Fakespot, an app that analyzes Amazon reviews to determine which ones are fake, is no longer available for iOS. Amazon has successfully convinced Apple remove from the App Store after the company expressed concern that the app provides misleading information and creates potential security vulnerabilities. This was confirmed by the e-commerce giant Engadget that she reported Fakespot for investigation. Amazon told us that one of the biggest concerns is that the redesigned Fakespot app launched in June “wraps up” and injects code into its website.
“Wrapping” would, in theory, allow the app to collect data and compromise sensitive customer data, including credit card numbers. Titan for e-commerce told us that he had contacted Fakespot directly to address his security concerns and that the app developer had done nothing.
Amazon said in a statement:
“Amazon is working hard to create a shopping experience that delights customers and a sales experience that allows brands and retailers to build and grow their business. The app provides customers with misleading information about our resellers and their products, harms our reseller business, and creates potential security risks. We appreciate Apple’s review of this app against the Appstore guidelines. “
Fakespot founder and CEO Saoud Khalifah admitted that CNBC that his company collects some user data, but said it does not sell information to third parties. Further, it denies Amazon’s claim that the application poses a security risk. “We don’t steal user information, we never did that. They showed zero evidence and Apple acted on it with zero evidence,” he told the publication. It is obvious that Apple did not give an adequate warning to its company before the application was removed, and it did not give it a chance to correct any problem that the technology giant might have.
Although Apple has not yet issued a statement that would clarify why exactly the Fakespot was crashed, Amazon stressed Engadget especially on the two App Store guidelines. One of these guidelines states that an application that displays the content of an independent service must provide permission for that service. Others prohibit applications from displaying false information.
In early 2020, Amazon launched another add-on to track prices and discounts: Honey, the purchase of PayPal for four billion dollars. People who use Honey have seen a warning on Amazon’s website that says the extension “follows [their] behavior in private shopping, collects data like [their] order history and saved items and can read or modify any of them [their] data on any site [they] visit. “
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