MacRumors has published a report that details information about Apple once again revising iTunes App Store reviews. This time, however, Apple is wielding a big eraser.
One of the more problematic issues for iPhone developers when the App Store first opened was the fact that anyone could post an app review. No purchase was required. Negative reviews from users who had never used apps lowered rank in the App Store. However, last September, Apple's policy changed, and users could only review apps they purchased and/or downloaded.
Now according to MacRumors, Apple has made changes to some "existing reviews":
"It appears that Apple has removed these early non-customer reviews. Several long standing apps have seen dramatic decreases in their review counts. SEGA's Super Monkey Ball count dropped from 4197 reviews down to 3710 while Namco's Pac Man dropped from 395 to 122. MacRumors forum users have noted that it has been these specific non-customer reviews have been targeted and removed."