The Fakespot mobile app, which analyzes product reviews on online shopping platforms to identify counterfeit ones, is no longer available for download from the App Store. It was reportedly removed after Amazon filed a complaint with Apple.
The e-commerce giant is worried about “misleading information” and the fact that Fakespot creates potential security vulnerabilities and can be used to collect user data. The source notes that Amazon first contacted the developers of the application directly to resolve the issue peacefully, but they did not take the necessary action.
“Amazon is working hard to create a shopping experience that delights customers and a sales environment that allows brands and sellers to build and grow their businesses. This application provides users with misleading information about our sellers and their products, harms the business of our sellers and creates potential security risks. We are grateful to Apple for reviewing this app against App Store policies, ”Amazon said in a statement.
Fakespot CEO Saoud Khalifah admitted in an interview with CNBC that his company does collect some user data, but he assured that this information is not sold to third parties. He also denies Amazon’s claim that Fakespot poses a security risk. “We do not steal user information, we have never done that. They did not provide any evidence, and Apple acted on this matter without evidence of guilt, “Khalifa said.
Apple has yet to release an official statement on the reasons for removing Fakespot from its digital content store. Company representatives also refrain from commenting on this issue.