Linguistic Dead-Ends and Alphabet Soup: Finding Dark Patterns in Japanese Apps

November 12, 2023
Shun Hidaka, Sota Kobuki, Mizuki Watanabe, and Katie Seaborn

Popular Japanese mobile apps have malicious design elements called dark patterns or deceptive user interface designs, researchers from Tokyo Tech have found. A new class of dark patterns, called 'Linguistic Dead-Ends,' of types 'Untranslation' and 'Alphabet Soup,' was also discovered.

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