Image Reveals How App Store Rankings Can Be Manipulated

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Jessica Renae Buxbaum
Viral image shows how app store rankings get manipulated.

Woman manipulates app store rankings

An image depicting a worker manipulating App Store rankings has gone viral.

The image shows a Chinese woman sitting in front of almost a 100 iPhones presumably uninstalling and reinstalling apps on each phone to bolster their download rankings.

The photo was published on social media website Weibo with the caption, “Hardworking App Store ranking manipulation employee".

Apple has had trouble with claims of rigged rankings that are putting app developers, who bolster their rankings legally, in jeopardy.  If the caption is true, this photo is direct proof of the available online services promising five-star ratings and even a week in Apple’s Top 10.

Apple has tried preventive efforts to manage rankings, but looks like the company will need stronger policies in place.

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