Negative reviews in Apple Podcasts

Many podcasts that appear to be bombed, or have at least attracted a large number of negative reviews, involve already controversial hosts

Illustration by Alex Castro for The Verge

Podcast reviews can be easy to game, and Apple Podcasts has become the main target for angry fans interested in taking down a show. Apple’s service is the biggest name in podcasting, and it’s one of the few major platforms that allows listeners to leave public reviews. While hosts abused that feature in the past to beat the system with fake positive reviews, others have used it to inundate hosts they don’t like with a barrage of one-star marks, making the shows look like a bust.

Ashley Carman, The Verge

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