I've been an iOS developer for some years and started working on my own app last year. I've been selling it for a few months and it has an average of 4.0 in the App Store, with 2 1 star reviews Of course, only 1 of my> 10 5 star reviews have written a review, but every 1 star reviewer has: /
Basically, it's a niche app and I'm worried that a few people are either harmful left reviews or they downloaded it and didn't know what the app really was for (a guy's review made it clear he didn't really understand the purpose of the app, then leave a 3 star review while complaining about it). One of the 1 star reviews was so malicious that the guy even said something that he was afraid my app would add malware to his phone. I sincerely believe this specific assessment was malicious and I reported it as a scam, but of course nothing was done about it from the App Store. I tried to respond kindly to both of these people but got no answer.
So how much do these employers employ? I haven't paid anyone for fake reviews or even had my family / friends left fake reviews – they are all real. But I seem to have paid the price for my honesty and would have been better off just tipping everything.