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Apple App Store hosts multi-million dollar scams


Kosta Eleftheriou, the mobile app developer who created the successful Apple Watch keyboard app FlickType, has over the past several weeks highlighted the many fraud apps rampant across apple's app store.

Over the past two weeks, Eliftrio has publicly criticized Apple for lax application of app store rules, which allowed fraudulent apps, as well as apps that reproduce popular software from other developers, to spread.

These apps enjoy a lot of revenue in the iPhone market, thanks to fake reviews, ratings and ratings associated with a deceptive weekly subscription.

Speaking about the extent of fraud that occurs daily in the App Store, Elifthrio said: The problem has grown to the point that the existence of the evaluation and review system makes it worse, giving consumers a false sense of security and the mistaken idea that the app is unique because you enter it through an attractive page in the App Store with many reviews.

His complaints, which have attracted the attention and support of countless other app developers in the iOS community, underscore the growing tension between Apple and the software makers on whom it relies.

Eleftherios explained his personal experience with the scams in the Apple Store through a series of Tweets, where he explained how his FlickType app was maliciously copied from many developers who built non-functional versions of the program and imposed subscription fees and escaped punishment due to the store's strong ratings and the high five-star ratings that he claims to be fake.

Eleftherios says his main competitor, a scam app called KeyWatch, earned $8 a week and earned more than $2 million a year, even though the app was not working properly, and key watch was advertised using TheEvirio's promotional video, and its name is still attached.

Since then, the developer has embarked on an online campaign to attract more attention to the topic, driven in part by Apple's choice to remove some of the apps it was highlighting while allowing the developers behind these apps to continue publishing through the App Store.

Dozens of other developers have also begun to participate, including prominent Apple critics, such as Basecamp co-founder David Heinemeier Hansson.

Critics see the deception as further evidence that Apple is benefiting from these developers and therefore is not taking appropriate steps to modify the platform and enforce its rules.

The developer says that having a rival app store via iPhone can help solve many of these problems, as competition allows a lot of things to be sorted, whether it's by pricing or applying the rules, and Elifthrio adds that he is disappointed by Apple's silence on this issue.

This comes at a time when the company, its store, and its practices are under unprecedented antitrust scrutiny and legal challenges from competitors.

He followed all the issues raised by Elifthrio: they are inconsistently applied app store rules and slow supervision.

The developer explained that fake applications, ratings, and ratings that could be purchased attempted to steal money from consumers under false pretenses using exploitative subscription services.

The disabled algorithmic rating system also helps these applications climb to the top and compete with the originally paid applications developed by small teams or individual developers.

He adds that allowing it to continue means that Apple does not actively monitor the platform unless the problem catches the media's attention or involves one of the company's current competitors, such as Facebook or Epic Games.