BlackBerry denies any involvement in questionable reviews of BBM for Android

By on October 25, 2013, 11:45 AM

BlackBerry resumed its rollout of BBM for Android and iOS earlier this week which was downloaded more than 10 million times in the first 24 hours. Impressive as those statistics may be, it’s the controversy surrounding a number of clearly bogus reviews that have cropped up on the Google Play Store that has consumed headlines as of late.

The Canadian handset maker recently addresses the matter in a statement to TNW. In it, a spokesperson said they have been made aware of a number of potentially fake reviews for the app on Google Play. BlackBerry said they have no knowledge of how these reviews were created or populated nor do they approve of or condone such activities.

The spokesperson goes on to plug the many genuine and useful reviews from new BBM users on Android and urges others to continue to post true assessments of their experience with the software through the proper channels.

BBM for Android and iOS launched on Monday and almost immediately, some users started noticing fake reviews. The story didn’t really pick up much steam until yesterday when tech blogger Terence Eden discovered that thousands of reviews on Google Play all appear to say the exact same thing.

If the fact that the reviews are riddled with poor grammar wasn’t enough of an indicator, the obvious copy-and-paste job should certainly tip you off. The question now becomes, if BlackBerry isn’t responsible for the phony reviews, then who is? And what is their motivation?




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psycros psycros said:

I'd hate to think Blackberry would stoop to Samsung and EA tactics.

Guest said:

Desperate times call for desperate measures...

Guest said:

BlackBerry isn't even in the same league as those companies.

aka Samsung and EA are actually relevant. BB isn't.

1 person liked this | Guest said:

The question now becomes, if BlackBerry isn't responsible for the phony reviews, then who is? And what is their motivation?

The real question is why would I want BBM? I just don't get it. I use WhatsApp which pretty much does the same thing. What unique benefits does BBM offer that WhatsApp and other messengers doesn't?

1 person liked this | Tekkaraiden Tekkaraiden said:

Why would Blackberry bother doing this when they have legions of fans that are willing to do it for them.

St1ckM4n St1ckM4n said:

The real question is why would I want BBM? I just don't get it. I use WhatsApp which pretty much does the same thing. What unique benefits does BBM offer that WhatsApp and other messengers doesn't?

The only reason would be to talk to other BB users. I can't think of anything else.

1 person liked this | mojorisin23 mojorisin23 said:

The real question is why would I want BBM? I just don't get it. I use WhatsApp which pretty much does the same thing. What unique benefits does BBM offer that WhatsApp and other messengers doesn't?

The only reason would be to talk to other BB users. I can't think of anything else.

There are other BB users?? that's news in an of itself!

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