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Google deletes 100,000 bad reviews of Robinhood from its app store

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Google removed over 100,000 angry reviews of the stock-trading app Robinhood on its app store after a furious response to the company’s move to block users Thursday from buying or sharing stocks that were trending on a popular Reddit forum, The Verge and Gizmodo reported.

After users on Reddit called on others to leave one-star reviews over Robinhood’s decision to prevent the trading of stocks in companies that were popularized on the subreddit called r/WallStreetBets, negative reviews flooded the Google Play store. These stocks included GameStop, BlackBerry, and AMC.

A Google spokesperson confirmed to Gizmodo that it had deleted the reviews and defended the move overnight, saying that it has rules against “coordinated or inorganic reviews.” Gizmodo‘s report noted that it then asked the spokesperson how someone could determine negative reviews as “inorganic” when so many people seem reasonably upset at Robinhood, as phrased in the report. The tech publication reported that Google “stopped responding to Gizmodo’s emails after that inquiry.”

Furthermore, the tech giant’s policies prohibit “fake ratings” that are “meant to manipulate an app’s average rating or top reviews,” according to The Hill. Likewise, app developers are not permitted to delete reviews or try to change their app’s rating by bombarding it with five-star reviews.

This news comes after a class-action lawsuit was filed in the Southern District of New York against Robinhood on Thursday for its decision to block users from buying stock in GameStop.

At the same time, politicians at both ideological extremes have been united in their anger at Robinhood and in their desire for the government to look into the company for its Thursday decision, such as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).

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Oklahoma passes bill banning majority of abortions from ‘moment of fertilization’

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Oklahoma’s Republican Governor Kevin Stitt signed a bill into law on Wednesday which bans virtually all abortions “from the moment of fertilization.”

“I promised Oklahomans that as governor I would sign every piece of pro-life legislation that came across my desk and I am proud to keep that promise today. From the moment life begins at conception is when we have a responsibility as human beings to do everything we can to protect that baby’s life and the life of the mother,” Stitt said in a statement. “That is what I believe and that is what the majority of Oklahomans believe.”

The state legislature first approved the bill, which goes into effect immediately, last week. It bans abortions from the moment of fertilization, except for in cases where rape or incest occurred, or where the mother’s life is in danger.

The law also allows for private citizens to sue doctors or those who participate in “producing an abortion for up to $10,000, mimicking the enforcement mechanism in Texas’s fetal heartbeat law” reports National Review.

Under the new law it is a felony offense to perform an abortion, “which will take effect in August unless a court challenge blocks it.”

 

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