Black Hat Software Banned From Apple App Store
On Monday, AppGratis launched an online petition a week after it was banned from Apple's App Store. The French app discovery service was recently accused of using black hat methods to artificially increase its rankings on Apple's charts.
On April 15, AppGratis urged its thousands of users to protest Apple's decision. "Because more than 12 million people in the world use AppGratis, this story has been all around the planet," read a message on the company's website. "In an official statement ..., Apple said we violated two of its iOS Guidelines. But we know we haven't."
If the French company can't overturn Apple's decision, it could find itself locked out of the mobile app market and go bankrupt. On Monday, Simon Dawlat, CEO at AppGratis,wrote a blog post stating that Apple made a hasty decision. The CEO also admitted that he was shocked when he learned of Apple's decision.
Black Hat Methods
"Some people have been wildly speculating on whether or not we may have been using illegal tactics to secure more than 5% of the iOS marketshare in the US. As the CEO of a 45-person company, all who I’ve hired myself and deeply respect and care for, it’s pretty obvious that I would never have crossed Apple’s rules so foolishly," said Dawlat.
The company's protest has since gone viral. The initiative has accumulated more than 608,000 such messages. Although, if the black hat allegations are true, it's tough for some observers to believe AppGratis' official tally.
Apple said the software maker sent daily notifications to its users that caused some to confuse the AppGratis software with the official App Store. The whole incident has also brought questions as to whether or not some companies are gaming Apple's charts.Continued on the next page