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Apple cleans up App Store by removing clone, scam apps

Recently, Apple instituted new tougher guidelines to improve app listings in its Store

IANS  |  San Francisco 

Photo: Reuters
Photo: Reuters

In a bid to go after spam and clone on its App Store, has instituted new tougher guidelines, thus cleaning up millions of in the process, media reported.

Recently, made it clear that it is doing a lot to improve the overall quality of App Store, with the Cupertino-based technology giant putting a heavy focus on clone and spam applications this year, TechCrunch reported on Thursday.

"The new rules which are tougher and more explicit in order to back up those removals has been reportedly used to clean up hundreds of thousands of including clone apps, that aren't 64-bit compatible and even that have been unused for a long period," the report added.

The new Review guidelines state that "created from a commercialised template or app generation service will be rejected," which is aimed to reduce the mass produced that bloat

The increase in prevalence of mass production tools for apps, one-click templates and other enabling factors allows for cheap junk to go off the rails in the over the past couple of years.

Apart from clone that bloat the by making copies of popular games like "Flappy Bird" or "Red Ball", this move tries to tackle sharing pirated content.

"There are hundreds of copies of music-streaming that sell pirated content to make it harder to track them down one by one and allow for single-shot bursts of revenue capture before they're found out or retired," the report added.

first announced its plans to remove "problematic and abandoned apps" last year, removing almost 50,000 applications.

This year, the company continues to ramp up its clean up efforts and looks to put a specific focus on clone and spam applications ahead of the all-new design going public later this year.

First Published: Thu, June 22 2017. 14:17 IST
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