GameStop (GME) stock trade restrictions on Robinhood app provoke review bombing [UPDATED]

As ongoing trade pushes GameStop stock values through the ceiling, Robinhood put restrictions on it and further stocks, provoking a wave of review bombing on the app.


UPDATED - January 28, 2021 @ 5:11 p.m. PT: Industry insider Rod "Slasher" Breslau has pointed out that Google has removed all of the negative reviews of Robinhood and has restored the 4.2 rating.

UPDATED - January 28, 2021 @ 12:17 p.m. PT: On January 28, 2021, it was confirmed that a class-action lawsuit had been filed in the Southern District of New York United States District Court as shared by Fox Business's Lydia Moynihan. The lawsuit is against entities Robinhood Financial, Robinhood Securities, and Robinhood Markets with the restrictions on trading related to GameStop and other retail stocks at the heart of the filing.

Original Story: As of this writing, GameStop stock sits at around $300 a share, up an exponentially gargantuan amount from its single digit state even late in 2020. That all changed this month as a concentrated effort by Reddit and social media day traders pushed the stock value through the roof in a way that has both Wall Street and the US Government scrambling to curtail market manipulation. Now, popular trading app Robinhood has put restrictions on buying GameStop and other feasibly traded stocks in effort to stop the movement and, as a direct result, users flocked to the reviews system to one-star Robinhood’s rating into oblivion.

Robinhood made the decision to bar purchase of several stocks on January 28, 2021, as reported by CNBC. The stocks restricted included GameStop (GME), AMC Entertainment (AMC), BlackBerry (BB), and Koss (KOSS). Users, enraged by the news, flocked to review systems in mass and review bombed Robinhood for the decision, reducing its rating on Google Play to 1 star out of 5, as spotted by esports consultant Rod “Slasher” Breslau on Twitter.

After Robinhood announced restrictions on various stocks including GameStop (GME), an influx of over 200,000 users review bombed its rating down to one star.
After Robinhood announced restrictions on various stocks including GameStop (GME), an influx of over 200,000 users review bombed its rating down to one star.

Robinhood’s announcement did indeed have some effect on the GameStop stock. Where it reached a high of over $500 a share at one point, it started the day at around $290 on the news. Other factors, such as the WallStreetBets Discord shutdown and WallStreetBets Subreddit going private further impacted the stock price. The stock recovered a bit, but continues to be quite volatile as of trading today.

Nonetheless, it’s impossible to know where this ongoing movement ends or even slows. There are several prominent voices in the chatter banking on GameStop going as high as $1000 a share, but it remains to be seen if that happens. Stay tuned as we continue to follow this story for further news and updates.

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From The Chatty
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      January 28, 2021 8:25 AM

      i feel like review bombing is the wrong word here because of the connotation. robinhood, without prior warning, stopped people from using a feature on a product specifically related to the companies that people are buying the most right now. "company caused me to lose a lot of money" seems worthy of a 1-star.

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        January 28, 2021 9:02 AM

        Thousands of people hammered the app's rating into oblivion immediately following the restriction.

        I'd argue a well-deserved review bomb is still a review bomb. We don't really have another commonly known phrase for this type of activity.

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          January 28, 2021 9:04 AM

          Yeah, I think my issue is the connotation of review bomb, which is usually used for when people are angry at the company for some ridiculous reason rather than having legitimate gripes about changes to the product.

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