No Evidence Required
Dash, the popular API documentation app, was removed from the App Store yesterday with Apple accusing the developer of manipulating App Store reviews1. As Apple has offered no evidence, it is only an accusation, and a baseless one at that.
In Apple’s world they don’t have to provide proof, they don’t have to listen to appeals, and their decision is final. As Brent Simmons eloquently describes the situation:
While this is legal, and within Apple’s rights, it’s not what we’ve come to expect from a moral judicial system. No matter what the context, we expect that the accused see the evidence against them, we expect avenues for appeal to be made available, and we expect proportional penalties.
This has to change.
Update: It appears that Apple did have good reason to remove Dash, though, according to the developer, this all happened due to an account that a family member was using that he had paid for. Very strange.
In other words, paying for positive reviews. ↩︎