Apple: These are the sorts of apps we blocked from our App Store last year

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Apple says it prevented over 1.6 million risky and untrustworthy apps and app updates from reaching the App Store and stopped over $1.5 billion in fraudulent transactions in 2021. 

Apple produced its first fraud prevention analysis last year, detailing it had prevented one million potentially bad apps from the App Store and protected customers from nearly $1.5 billion in potentially fraudulent transactions in 2020. 

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In 2021, Apple rejected 34,500 apps for containing hidden or undocumented features, down from 48,000 in 2020. It also rejected 157,000 apps for being spam, copycats, or misleading to users, up from 150,000 in 2020. And it rejected 343,000 apps for privacy violations in 2021, up from 215,000 a year prior. 

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Apple in 2021 also deactivated 170 million fraudulent customer accounts, rejected 118 million attempted fraudulent account creations, and terminated 802,000 fraudulent developer accounts. In 2020, these figures were respectively 244 million, 424 million, and 470 million. 

“Human review is the distinguishing component of the App Review process,” Apple says in a blogpost, noting the team reviews every app and every update to ensure compliance with Apple’s App Store

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