Google reportedly removed thousands of negative reviews about Robinhood on the Google Play store after the platform suspended trading on several stocks like GameStop, multiple sources said.
Financial analyst Will reported on January 28 that Google removed up to 120,000 negative reviews about Robinhood, raising the app’s rating from one star to nearly four.
Google has reportedly confirmed the massive removal of the tech news post The Verge, saying the decision was made due to a violation of Google Play Store policy.
The company reportedly said that it is Google’s policy to explicitly prohibit reviews that are intended to affect app ratings. Google said it has a system that “combines human intelligence and machine learning to determine and enforce ratings in rankings and reviews.” The company added that the companies themselves do not have the ability to delete reviews.
Google did not immediately respond to Cointelegraph’s request for comment.
At the time of release, the Robinhood app had approximately 177,000 reviews on the Google Play Store with a 4.2-star rating.
On January 28, Robinhood stopped trading several bulls, including GameStop and AMC Entertainment, which generated a lot of buzz in the trading community. GameStop’s share prices were reportedly undermined by Reddit’s WallStreetBets action, which surged amid short selling by Wall Street traders such as Melvin Capital.
Aside from the popular stock suspension, it was reported that Robinhood stopped trading Dogecoin (DOGE) on the same day. After the meteor pump is also believed to have been hosted via Reddit, DOGE has surged 900% in less than two days since January 29 and is back on the Top 10 Cryptocurrencies list for the first time since 2015.