Spotting fake reviews, on Amazon, on the App Store, pretty much everywhere

Grab a link to an Amazon product you are considering buying, or to an App on the App Store.

Next, fire up this URL in your browser, and paste the link in the text field, tap the Analyze button. There will be some chugging, machine learning at work, and then you’ll get some results, an assessment of the reviews for the product in question.

This is not an endorsement for Fakespot. Time will tell how accurate their assessments of fake reviews are. But this is certainly interesting, a step down the machine learning path, showing what’s possible and what’s definitely coming.

Worth a look.

  • Steve H

    They also have browser extensions if you are at your Mac. I’ve occasionally hit some bad items, but mostly on the stuff that seems most likely… cheap knock off crap.

  • John Kordyback

    Personally, I don’t believe Dave Mark wrote this post.

    • Mo

      It’s turtles all the way down.

      • John Kordyback

        I’m convinced that it’s a Dalrymbot.

        • Mo

          Built on a Raspberry Pi.

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            Great, now I’m hungry again.

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      • GlennC777

        Mo. Seriously. “It’s turtles all the way down?”

        Where does this reference come from?

        I need to know. I have my reasons.

        • Mo

          I can’t remember where I first heard the anecdote/joke. Might’ve been my smarter half, might’ve been Greg Proops’ standup.

          It seems to be a variant of a little-old-lady joke about infinite regression, mystical cosmology, and simplistic faith. The one I first heard is apparently attributed to William James. I had little idea it was such an old chestnut.

  • James Hughes ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ”

    If this Fakespot website is correct, this could come in very useful. thanks Dave!

  • rick gregory

    this is useful but we also need to become critical thinkers. I never look at 1 and 5 Star reviews, I look at 2 and 4 star ones. 2 star reviews usually are negative but rational and give reasons….do those reasons line up with things that bother me or not? 4 stars are positive but not irrationally so. Again, do the things these people like line up with the things I like?

    • James Hughes ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ”

      I also seek out as many reviews from other less popular sights too. Diversity helps a lot. Return policies have to be great too of course. I personally try to review everything I purchase to help out as much as I can.

  • Now some fake reviews are worth keeping. Case in point: Haribo sugar free gummy bears.

    • Mo

      Three-Wolf Moon t-shirt.

      • Pen for women.

        • Mo

          Uranium Ore.

          55-Gallon Passion Lube.

          • My god, I forgot about the 55 gallon passion lube. I need to update myself.

          • Mo

            Couldn’t find the gummy bear one, but the rest of these are terrific examples of the kind of pointed satirical writing I once relied upon National Lampoon magazine for.

          • Satan’s gummies, right? I remember those.

          • Mo

            Haven’t had the pleasure.

          • I haven’t either. By the time I discovered the reviews online, the price for bags was soaring.