Over the weekend, Apple added a button to Personal Apps in the App Store, allowing users to alert app reviewers that they think they have been scammed. The company had this feature in the past, but at the bottom of the App Store's general page, instead of a list of individual apps, it was buried and not very visible.
The previous version was somewhat hard to find, but it didn't have a specific option to report fraud. The closest users of Suspicious Activity Report were a bit vague. Costa Elviru tweeted about the feature on Sunday, noting that Apple re-added it a few years ago after removing the "quiet" button. AppStore button in iOS 15: pic.twitter.com/UopiPDEV7e- Kosta Eleftheriou (@keeftheriou) Oct 3, 2021
The button still works mostly as it is. By clicking on the report, users send users to a website dedicated to requesting a refund. Report quality problem; search for its content; Report offensive, offensive or illegal content; or report fraud or fraud. Also, instead of describing and explaining the offending program, it is specific to the specific program.
The new and improved Report button is one of the many changes the Cupertino App Store has made over the past few months. Just last week, Apple allowed users to browse internal iOS apps in their store listing. In August, the company settled a collective complaint from developers that included several changes to the App Store policies.
It remains to be seen how precisely Apple will respond to the problem reported by the button. However, this is at least a good step away from programs that force users to comment well, or worse, programs that refer people for their cryptocurrency.
Apple is quietly adding an App Store feature to report fraud apps