Social media seems to be all about the likes, thumbs up and followers. This creates a rather unrealistic perception of how popular something is. Instagram ran several tests on posts that removed the number of likes on a photo, but they have been rather quiet about it after a review.
As with social media, apps are also somewhat superficially measured by the number of downloads, reviews and users. An app with lots of positive reviews must be good, right? Well, not always.
Disregarding fake reviews or reviewing bombing, a straight correlation can’t be drawn between the two. However, a particular app developer is taking the concept of fake reviews to a new level and turning it into forced reviews.
Security researcher and self-proclaimed “professional AppStore critic” Kosta Eleftheriou discovered an app that refuses you entry until you give it a five-star review on Apple’s App Store. The UPNP Xtreme app, according to Eleftheriou, contravenes several Apple regulations.
To make matters worse, it seems that Apple either can’t or won’t do anything about it. As Eleftheriou points out on Twitter, it’s a legitimate review pop-up from the App Store.