Content Creators Can Now Receive Tips From Within App

Image Pepe Scream  Google Play

Image Pepe Scream Google Play

Not all developers out there want your birth certificate and bathing schedule, but enough have proven themselves less than scrupulous over the years, so anything Apple and Google do to help users limit data collection and location tracking is always welcome.

It may seem obvious not to install such an application, but to reach the estimated $80,000 monthly target, the scammer only needs to dupe 200 people into subscribing for a month. The app has been a top earner on the App Store for almost two months. It's always a good idea to check your subscriptions on a regular basis, if only to see if you're subscribed to apps you're no longer using.

The app in question was called "Mobile Protection: Clean & Security VPN" and was available on the US App Store for a quite remarkable price of $99 a week.

The app offers services which are essentially unnecessary, such as an iOS antivirus and malware scanning service. From Pokémon GO to Super Mario Run, "we are amazed at all of the great new apps our developers create", he said.

"Your app contains images and references of Pepe the Frog, which are considered objectionable content", an Apple App Review Board employee wrote in a rejection notice to Spirit Realm, Vice's Motherboard confirmed. In fact, Apple has it setup so that the company will earn 30 percent of the tip from those in-app purchases, and the content creator will get the other 70 percent. "The App Store sandboxing rules mean that anti-virus software couldn't really do anything useful anyway".

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While there have always been apps from less reputable developers in the App Store, one developer called attention to just how bad the problem has become in recent months. Unfortunately, Apple has no filter to sift through search ads as of now. As Gruber notes, app's appearance on the App Store was offensive to legitimate developers who've been struggling with Apple's review process.

For consumers, Lin suggests reviewing your subscriptions.

Apple could face a backlash from Chinese app makers after it issued a new policy defining tips as in-app purchases.

This app isn't an isolated case, and because the App Store displays ads in paid-for adverts in a similar way to organic search results, developers can shoehorn suspicious, money-grabbing apps right into the spotlight.

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