In the midst of its legal battle with Epic Games concerning the App Store, Apple says it stopped over US$1.5 billion fraudulent transactions in 2020.

Key Takeaways for 2020

  • Over 48,000 apps were rejected for containing hidden or undocumented features
  • Over 150,000 apps were rejected for being spam, copycats, or misleading to users
  • Over 215,000 apps were rejected for privacy violations
  • Over US$1.5 billion in potentially fraudulent transactions were stopped
  • Over US$3 million stolen cards were prevented from purchasing
  • 1 million accounts were banned from ever transacting again
  • 244 million customer accounts were deactivated
  • 424 million attempted account creations were rejected
  • 470,000 developer accounts were terminated

Meanwhile, nearly 1 million problematic new apps, and an additional nearly 1 million app updates, were rejected or removed for a range of reasons. Apple says: “Some developers perform a bait and switch: fundamentally changing how the app works after review to evade guidelines and commit forbidden and even criminal actions.”

More statistics can be found on Apple’s webpage.

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