Google Play Store to Implement Review ‘Buffer’ To Help Them Tackle Fake Ratings

It’s not exactly a secret that for every great (or even good) app on the Google Play Store, there are about three or four others which are absolutely terrible. – The problem the storefront has predominantly faced over the years, however, is that it’s very easy for the creators of ‘bad’ apps to get their programs flooded with fake 5-star reviews. There are, indeed, websites that even offer this as one of their primary services (for a price, of course).

Following a report via XDA, however, Google has announced the launch of a new update to its Play Store which will now look to apply a 24-hour monitoring buffer to any review on the platform.

Google Looks to Clamp Down on Fake App Store Reviews!

As part of the new system, any review placed for an App on the Google Play Store will now require a monitoring period of circa 24 hours before it gets officially accepted and posted online. The key concept is that this will allow Google time to not only attempt to discover apps which are getting fake 5-star floods but also to attempt to check for signs of the review source being a bit iffy.

The overall hope is that this will help not only improve the overall rating system on the platform but more so, to at least give ‘fake’ reviews a bit of a tougher time actually getting live.

Will it work? Well, honestly, I doubt it. As above though, it’s hard to deny even from a casual peruse that the Google Play Store can be a bit of a minefield of good, ok, bad, and outright malicious applications.

What do you think? – Let us know in the comments!

Mike Sanders

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