CNN's mobile app faces barrage of negative reviews



  • CNN is the goal of a web based marketing campaign to swamp its cell utility with unhealthy evaluations and one-star scores in Apple’s App Store and the Google Play Store, Digiday reported. The adverse feedback accuse the broadcaster of spreading faux information, propaganda and falsehoods, mirroring President Donald Trump’s antagonism towards unfavorable reporting.

  • CNN complained concerning the evaluations to Apple and Google, however there does not seem like a lot the businesses can do to suppress the onslaught of unhealthy evaluations, which can hurt its possibilities of being downloaded. Google is working with CNN’s developer workforce to establish spammy evaluations.

  • A blogger on the 4chan message board on July 5 began a viral thread calling for customers to offer the app a one-star assessment. Within 9 hours, the app acquired 2,000 unhealthy evaluations to cut back its total ranking to at least one star within the App Store. CNN’s app scores had been re-set after the broadcaster posted an up to date model on July 10, however a renewed barrage of unhealthy evaluations minimize its ranking to a single star once more.


CNN will survive the coordinated efforts by individuals who disagree with its editorial stance so long as its cell app and TV community appeal to an viewers that advertisers need to attain. The effort does, nevertheless, level to how significantly contentious political occasions are inflicting a headache for each media firms and entrepreneurs, which may be caught within the crossfire by aligning themselves on both facet of the aisle, and typically for less than having tangential ties to politics in any respect. While it is unclear whether or not the one-star scores have truly deterred anybody from downloading CNN’s app, the community final month boasted that it had the most effective scores amongst 25- to 54-year-olds in 14 years through the second quarter and a file for whole viewership.

Still, CNN fell to 3rd place behind Fox News and a surging MSNBC for common primetime viewers ages 25 to 54 throughout Q2 2017, The Wall Street Journal reported. Fox News is No. 1 within the scores race, though its viewers shrank after Megyn Kelly left for NBC News in January and Bill O’Reilly left in April amid an advertiser boycott after a sexual harassment scandal. MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow helped the community’s scores to leap 72% from a yr earlier as she targeted on dissecting the Trump administration.

Apple and Google ought to keep away from making any rash selections on suppressing evaluations earlier than consulting their authorized groups and contemplating the doable adverse results of changing into targets for politically motivated boycotts, protests and unhealthy press. Amir Ghodrati, the director of market insights at App Annie, advised Digiday that efforts to observe coordinated assaults would inevitably run into difficulties and even pose potential moral questions.

“The greater concern lies in the implications of the platforms exercising that much oversight and control over ratings and reviews outside of potentially threatening or offensive language,” he advised the publication.

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