Apple removes Fakespot from App Store following Amazon complaint

Amazon on Friday said it complained to Apple about an app called Fakespot, which it claims inaccurately identified fraudulent sellers and fake reviews, leading to the title’s removal from the App Store.

FakespotFakespot bills itself as a data analytics firm that applies artificial intelligence to the task of detecting false reviews and reviewers on a variety of sites including Amazon, TripAdvisor, Walmart and Yelp, according to its website. The goal of the program is to protect consumers from misleading information, the company says.Amazon, which is facing a growing problem of fake or incentivized reviews, in a statement said Fakespot “provides customers with misleading information about our sellers and their products, harms our sellers’ businesses, and creates potential security risks” when it uses tools that do not adhere to Amazon’s own grading system, reports CNET.

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