Inside A Chinese ‘Click Farm’

A “click farm” is where fake ratings and rankings for mobile apps and social media posts are manipulated. Here’s a look inside.

It looks similar to the set-up shown in another click farm from 2015. (Note that similar “tables”have been available for purchase online in China.)

It was reported that China media surmised that the image showed a woman manipulating App Store rankings by downloading, installing, and then uninstalling apps over and over again to bump up its rankings. This certainly wouldn’t be unheard of, because that is popular among Chinese e-commerce sites, there are ads for “App Store ranking manipulation” services.

Apple is trying to prevent PC-based iPhone emulators, so the only way to get around that is manual labour.


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