Apple Sale“Apple has taken action against app developer Molinker over alleged review fraud, resulting in the removal of all 1,000 of the company’s apps,” Brian Garner reports for AppleInsider.

“Thanks to the detective work of one intrepid app store enthusiast, Molinker – developer of close to one percent of all the apps available on the App Store – has been banned from the App Store and all of its apps have been removed,” Garner reports.

“The issue was first brought to light by photo blog iPhoneography in a post highlighting the concerns of one of its regular readers,” Garner reports. “Reader SCW had concluded that app developer Molinker had been using its promo codes to write fake 5-star reviews of many of its apps. Each review shared the same short, disjointed style and the reviewers had only written reviews for other Molinker apps.”

SCW laid out the case in a letter to Apple executive Phil Schiller. Garner reports, “Phil Schiller responded that Apple would look into the issue. On Sunday, both SCW and iPhoneography received word from Schiller confirming ‘Yes, this developer’s apps have been removed from the App Store and their ratings no long appear either.'”

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MacDailyNews Take: Gee, Phil, you mean if an app doesn’t exist in the App Store, its ratings won’t either? Thank you, Mr. Obvious! But, seriously, good for Apple. Now if they can just get a handle on the rest of what’s broken with user reviews including the timely removal of user reviews that are obviously in error or outright libelous, they’d really be cooking with gas.