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Pixalate Week in Review: August 31 - September 4, 2020

Sep 4, 2020 1:30:00 PM

This week's review of ad fraud and quality in the digital advertising space.

1: Delisted Android apps had over 14 billion combined downloads (H1 2020)


Pixalate's latest research details apps that were delisted across the Google Play and Apple App stores in H1 2020. There were over 460,000 Android apps delisted in H1 2020, and those apps combined for over 14 billion downloads prior to delisting (over 30,000 per delisted app on average).

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2. Apple delays IDFA changes until 2021


Apple will delay its proposed ad tracking restrictions via IDFA changes until early 2021, reported TechCrunch, citing the need to give developers more time. "Although Apple cites the necessity of giving developers time, major advertising companies like Facebook have warned that the change could severely impact their operations," added TechCrunch.

3. Apple's SKAdNetwork 'could spur ad fraud'


"While [Apple's attribution solution] SKAdNetwork is likely to help cut down on click and view-through attribution fraud, [MoPub Product Manager David] Gregson said, it could make mobile ad fraud trickier to track while also making it easier for bad actors to disguise fake traffic," reported AdExchanger.

The article added: "Although iOS overall is considered less susceptible to chicanery than the open-source Android operating system, the Apple ecosystem is still vulnerable to fake traffic, bogus clicks, non-visible ads and other common forms of ad fraud."

4. TikTok becomes a hotbed for scams


"TikTok’s #ForYou page has become a haven for scammers selling fake mobile applications, diet pills, drop-shipped goods, fake gift cards and more," reported MediaPost, citing research from Tenable.

"[Tenable research engineer Satnam] Narang also notes that TikTok doesn’t seem to monitor fraud on its platform because it allows scammers to use false celebrity endorsements," MediaPost added.

5. Programmatic ad spend returning to pre-pandemic levels


"Programmatic is on the rise since the advertising doldrums of the early novel coronavirus pandemic," reported Adweek. "The travel sector is still struggling, but other verticals are spending big on marketing." 

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