Dear Google Team,
I wonder if you could help me, it seems Chrome Extension developers are not getting the fair treatment they deserve, we work really hard keeping our extensions working and making them better all the time,
Then some scammer comes along and rips off our work and re-uploads it as their own, there is no way for us to get the fake copies taken down, I have sent 2 DMCA notices for the 2 fake copies of my extension ( F.B. Purity) currently in the Chrome webstore, and reported which i suspect to be harbouring injected malware (and have also reported them as such), but nothing gets done.
I know i am not alone in this situation, the developer of the popular Tampermonkey extension is also having the same problem, a scammer has uploaded 2 copies of his extension, with the exact same name as his own, but made them into Applications so they appear above his own extension in the Chrome Webstore search results, this is outrageous, he has also contacted Google to get them removed and yet you do nothing, why are we being treated so badly, and why are you letting the scammers get away with this? News article on the Tampermonkey situation: here: http://www.pcworld.com/article/3027642/security/googles-chrome-web-store-lists-malicious-chrome-apps-ahead-of-legit-extensions.html
Here are the 2 scammer copies of my own chrome extension (which has currently been "unpublished" from the webstore due to a DMCA notice from Facebook stating a claimed Trademark Infringement. Which incidentally I am currently seeking advice from the +Electronic Frontier Foundation
to get it restored back in the webstore)*** WARNING DO NOT INSTALL THESE EXTENSIONS ******https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/fb-purity-clean-up-facebo/higjjoffecpgcnfgegcbccfgbkjnfapb
(google has removed this one)https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/fb-puritynet-adblock-spam/bdhljddfhikjfjommjpannedebejkffb
(scammer has uploaded a new copy here)*** WARNING DO NOT INSTALL THESE EXTENSIONS ******
The scammers have taken advantage of the fact my extension is not currently in the webstore (due to a DMCA notice served by Facebook claiming Trademark infringement) so anyone searching the webstore for my extension currently will be presented with the scammers copies of my extension, which I suspect to be harbouring malware, as they have changed the permissions on the extension to be much more permissive allowing it to work on any website, and adding lots of other unnecessary permissions, whereas my own extension only required permission to run on Facebook.com
Not only are they putting up fake extensions with dodgy inserted code, they are also using multiple fake google accounts to post 5 star reviews on them so they will look legitimate, you can tell they are fake reviews and fake accounts, because they were all put up in a short space of time, despite the extension having no publicity or website or contact address, also the exact same reviews from each person are posted on each of the copies of my extension.
Why are you not doing more to prevent this type of behaviour?
Why do you treat your extension developers so badly, we are the ones who have helped build Chrome's massive userbase, without the Chrome extensions, Chrome would no way be so popular as it is today.
I implore you to please help me and my fellow developer of Tampermonkey out, and get these pirated malware infested extensions taken down. Do you really want Chrome users to suffer in this way?
You should have the extension developer's backs, between F.B. Purity and Tampermonkey we have nearly 7 million users of our extensions, and yet it seems you couldn't care less about us, or the users who will get duped into installing these fake and dangerous extensions.
I hope we can get a swift resolution to this dangerous situation.
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