Wuhan Kids Give Bad Ratings to Homework-Assigning App to Remove It from App Store

The app called DingTalk is used by teachers to set homework.
Loukia Papadopoulos

Ah, kids! They're wonderful and creative, especially when it comes to getting out of schoolwork.


A new report has surfaced of an ingenious way quarantined Wuhan kids got out of doing their homework. The report was published in the London Review of Books in an article that detailed what life has been like for those stuck in Wuhan, China, the world's epicenter of the coronavirus, and the area where the virus is believed to have originated.


The article paints a bleak image of what people have been going through, but in the midst of it, there is one cute-happy story about what a bunch of kids did to get off of doing school work.

"Children were presumably glad to be off school – until, that is, an app called DingTalk was introduced. Students are meant to sign in and join their class for online lessons; teachers use the app to set homework," wrote the London Review of Books.

"Somehow the little brats worked out that if enough users gave the app a one-star review it would get booted off the App Store. Tens of thousands of reviews flooded in, and DingTalk’s rating plummeted overnight from 4.9 to 1.4. The app has had to beg for mercy on social media: ‘I’m only five years old myself, please don’t kill me.’"

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The story came at a much-needed time. As the world panics about the coronavirus, instead of living in fear, these intrepid little kids found a clever way to make their lives a little less stressful.

There's no news yet on whether the app actually got booted off and whether or not the students will succeed in getting some time off school. However, the story has been making the rounds on social media and has garnered much laughter and support for the creative students.

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