Back in 2009, Apple decided to block over a thousand apps from its App Store in one fell swoop. Most of them had previously been tracked by users and journalists as having been astroturfed — review pages painted with extremely positive, poorly written comments from accounts that only seemed to review a certain developer’s products.
Mind you, we’ve covered Samsung’s positive and negative astroturfing campaigns before. But the most important things an app has is its star rating and reviews. After all, they’re put right up in your face before you hit [...]