Photo of alleged Chinese app-ranking farm pops up on Weibo
Artificially creating a higher score on Apple's app store is big business, and the tech-giant has taken many measures to keep the ranking process legitimate. But it seems some enterprising individuals in China have found a way to game the system by hand. The photo above popped up on the Chinese social media network Weibo with the caption, "hardworking App Store ranking manipulation employee."
There's no way to know for sure that the photo comes from a real app store ranking farm but it's difficult to imagine other functions for a setup involving about 50 iPhones logged into the app store.
Tech in Asia reports that it costs customers $11,200 to make the top ten free apps ranking, and keeping it there means shelling out $65,000 each week.