Is There Spam in the App Store?

Apr 16, 2011

Apple decided to ban out about 900 applications that were developed by a developer named Halid Sheik
In addition it decided to deprive his Applde developer license.
 In a period of 9 months, Halis and a group of 26 developers distributed 943 iPhone applications.
Each application was approved by apple in a process that took a few weeks for each iPhone application. The revenue estimation is  that Halid made a few thousands dollars per day until Apple ban out
his spam applications.
The iPhone applications that Halid and his team developed included a free information that
could be found freely in the Internet.

Halid did not have any authorization to distribute this content and he violated  copyright information. An example for the spam application can be found in this link. You cannot download these applications any more
since these iPhone application already nab out for the Apple App Store.

It is sad to say but Halid did not provide any real value to his customers. Sometimes an application was sold for a price of $4.99. How could Dalid do that?
Halid was an SEO (Search Engine Optimization) expert and in this way he mislead his customers
to buy the iPhone applications that he developed in an Exorbitant price.

Halid worked in a sophisticated way so there would not be any simple way to connect between the iPhone applications that he developed to his name. If you searched for an application that was developed
by his team, you couldn’t find Halid’s name in the search result.

The Web site that was built for all applications does not connect him to the iPhone applications that he
developed. It is interesting to know that there are other companies like BrightHouse
that developed 2000 applications that could be found in the App Store.

One would ask, what was Apple’s part in this fraud. Apple approved every application that was
developed by Halid’s team so it has responsibility in this fraud. Moreover,
Apple received 30% of  Halid’s revenues.

Customers who bought the spam iPhone application might claim that Apple should have noticed that these applications were worthless since Apple approved these applications.
As a summary this incident is a red sign for applications that violates copywrite on the one hand
and to Apple on the other hand for its responsibility for the content of the iPhone applications
that is sold in theApp Store.

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