The social media post urges people to give Facebook a one-star rating on the Google Play store, as well as state that Google will automatically remove the app when its rating drops to one.
The May 28 Facebook post shared by an Australian user contains screenshots from an earlier Instagram post. They include an image of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg above a banner that read: “Facebook rating drops from 4.0 to 2.6 as users mark ‘1 star’ on Playstore.”
Below the image, further text reads: “When the rating reaches 1, Google will automatically remove it from the store, which means that Mark will lose billions of dollars. Now the number of people who have rated is 220 thousand, we need about 100 thousand one-star ratings to bring it to the stage of removal from the Google / App Store. “
The text goes on to state: “If you rate Facebook one star, its market value will be lowered on the exchange and it will lose billions in losses.”
Other versions of the publication and claims were posted on Facebook and Instagram, for example here and here.
The removal of an app from the Google Play store is not determined by its star rating, but rather by whether it violates the company’s developer policy, according to a Google spokesman. AAP FactCheck… Thus, a one-star rating will not automatically remove any application from the platform.
Facebook, the world’s sixth-largest publicly traded company as of March 31, has faced a coordinated campaign by pro-Palestinian social media users who have been bombarding the social media giant with one-star reviews on Apple and Google Play app stores since May. to protest what they claimed the company censored Palestinian voices during the 2021 conflict with Israel in Gaza.
A similar campaign was later used by anti-vaccination activists to protest Facebook’s policy to downgrade and remove some content related to COVID-19 and vaccines. The tech company says it will remove the content for a number of reasons, including when health authorities conclude that the material is “false and could contribute to imminent violence or physical harm.”
Since the end of May, Facebook’s Google Play rating has dropped from four to 2.3 stars. The post claims that 220,000 people have already posted a review and that another 100,000 one-star reviews will be removed. However, the Google Play review breakdown chart shows that over 117 million reviews have been submitted for the Facebook app, and the bar chart shows that reviews with one star account for over half of the total.
Google spokesman said AAP FactCheck in an email stating that the app’s rating on Google Play does not affect the company’s decision to continue offering an app for download.
Apps on Google Play must comply with the company’s developer policy, violation of which may result in one of four cases: rejection, deletion, suspension or termination. The policy covers issues such as malware, spam, and intellectual property infringement.
According to an explanatory video from Android developers, which provides information on creating applications for the operating system used by Google devices, an application can be removed from the Google Play Store if it violates the rules, for example, by inciting hate speech.
Deleted apps can be restored in the Play Store after the developer of the app fixes the violation and the app complies with its policies, according to Google.
While a one-star rating on app stores will not lead the social media giant to launch Google’s app store, Alexander Kurov, professor of finance at West Virginia University who has previously written about the impact of social media on stock prices, said AAP FactCheck in an email that low ratings on the Google app store could potentially have an impact on Facebook’s market value.
“Low ratings on the Google app store are likely to have little impact on existing Facebook users. But since low ratings distract new potential users to competing social media platforms, they are likely to have a negative impact on Facebook’s share price, ”he said.
However, the campaigns appear to have had no short-term impact on Facebook’s market value. From May 17 to June 10, the company’s share price rose more than five percent.
A one-star rating will not automatically remove the Facebook app from the Google Play Store. Google stated that any decision to remove the app was based on a violation of its developer policy; star ratings were not a factor in these definitions.
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