In China's Wuhan children managed to shutdown a homework app called DingTalk by giving it bad reviews and downvoting for it on the App Store.
However, students of Wuhan, china would have none of that. https://t.co/MEMEfDjNXi— The Guardian Nigeria (@GuardianNigeria) March 10, 2020
Kids were being taught their courses online and being assigned homework by their teachers via the app but they found a way to boot out the app from the App Store to avoid doing their homework.
According to London Review of Books students flooded the comments section of the app with negative reviews which ultimately led to the removal of the app.
Students gave tens of thousands of one-star reviews for the Alibaba-owned app DingTalk in a hope of knocking it offline and it seems like they succeeded in doing so .
Twitter was also amazed by what the students did to avoid doing their homework:
Quarantined Wuhan kids find brilliant way to get out of schoolwork— Homaion Kabir - Digital Marketer (@Homaionkabir) March 9, 2020
Kids are amazing. Even in, or perhaps especially in, difficult times.
As the world frets over the novel coronavirus outbreak that's killed thousands, children at the epidemic's epicen… https://t.co/8VwLJRmkMt pic.twitter.com/FvAD67ReBc
OMG!!! LMAO!!! 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣😝— Not Self Quarantined🤨 Hanging @my LiveWork studio (@TarasDemerson) March 10, 2020
Student in China under lockdown recieve homework from school w/ DingTalk app.
Chinese students defeat teachers because by rating the app only 1star, Apple app store removed it!!! 🤣🤣🤣🤣
See @ 4:50https://t.co/gdfvc7RqQV
well done, children of Wuhan. Well done.— jamie k (@jkbloodtreasure) March 7, 2020
Especially pleasing since Chinese kids are often portrayed as small learning machines. https://t.co/GSbtyTZ2ut
Kids in China figure out loophole to get out of online classes!— Puneesh Chaudhry (@puneesh) March 7, 2020
Schools are using the App: DingTalk to livestream classes. Students realized that if they give enough 1-star reviews they can get the app booted from the App Store.
Humans: 1, Machines: 0https://t.co/GQP7usSaFG
LMAOOO Chinese kids in quarantine are genius, they're forcing their online class app out of App Store by letting negative reviews and IT'S WORKING— 𝐅𝐥𝐨𝐫𝐞 (@driversdyad) March 8, 2020
However, there were some fans and supporters of the app who tried to bring its rating up but they only managed to increase the rating from 1.4 to 2.5 on Google Play Store.
The app is still available on the app store for download but its rating fell drastically from 4.9 to just 1.4, all thanks to the students.