Molinker Gets Banned From iTunes App Store For Fake Reviews

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Molinker Inc. was one of those Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhone application developers that produced a bunch of limited functionality apps and stuck them in the store. They made over 1,000 apps and got caught scamming the application review system. All thousand of their applications were taken down from the Apple App Store too.

The phony reviews were caught by a friend of the person that runs the Iphoneography blog. He or she noticed that about 90% of the reviews on Molinker applications were made by the same group of people. Most of those people had very bad grammar indicating that the fake reviews were outsourced to people in overseas firms. MobileCrunch points out that the application NightCam Pro had about 42 out of 44 5-star reviews were fake.

iPhoneography and the friend of the blog that caught the phony reviews sent a 5 paragraph e-mail to Apple VP Phil Schiller.

Molinker was the second largest (in terms of app quantity) App development company to get banned from the App Store. The first was Khalid Shaikh’s Perfect Acumen development company.

Molinker Gets Banned From iTunes App Store For Fake Reviews Comments

  1. appfreak says:

    Well done covering the story!

  2. SCW says:

    Thank you VERY much for reporting on the major event in the world of Apple. I just hope my actions on this matter were seen in a positive light, & that ridding the AppStore of a fraudulent developer was good for all. I always look at things from the consumers point of view I couldn't just sit back & let Molinker Inc get away with & potentially earn a living off misleading & cheating all of us “the people” out our hard earned money. I personally have spent far too much money of dead-end apps so to let another blatantly try & get away with it was something I had to stop.

    Cheers Patrick Timney (aka) SCW
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  3. not.amit chowdry says:

    “very bad grammar”? yours is crap too: “MobileCrunch points out that the application NightCam Pro had about 42 out of 44 5-star reviews were fake.”

    your page is so crammed with adverts that a rational person would believe that your actual content is superfluous – you just want revenue from cliks.

    why is the spot in your neighbor's eye always so much easier to see than the beam in your own?

  4. not.amit chowdry says:

    “very bad grammar”? yours is crap too: “MobileCrunch points out that the application NightCam Pro had about 42 out of 44 5-star reviews were fake.”

    your page is so crammed with adverts that a rational person would believe that your actual content is superfluous – you just want revenue from cliks.

    why is the spot in your neighbor's eye always so much easier to see than the beam in your own?

  5. carlos says:

    why is Molinker back?????
    They just changed the name to Feng and changed the icon name and app theme. All the content is exactly the same, why does Apple allow them back after what they did before???

    http://itunes.apple.com/ca/artist/feng/id354108897

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