Apple Bans Anti-Vaxxer Relationship App From Its App Retailer
TSR Tech: If unvaccinated people want to meet and date other unvaccinated people, Apple officials are saying not on their time.
Apple has banned a dating and friendship app for unvaccinated people from its App Store. Unjected, which has been dubbed the “Tinder for anti-vaxxers,” is supposed to be a “safe space for the unvaccinated to come together uncensored through business, friendship or love.”
Unjected was banned from Apple’s App Store after Bloomberg asked the company for a comment, according to the New York Post. Apple said that Unjected “inappropriately refers to the COVID-19 pandemic in its comment or theme,” according to emails from the company to Unjected that were shared with the New York Post.
The app advertises unsubstantiated claims about COVID-19 vaccines, claiming that they “are shedding dangerous spike proteins.”
Unjected remains available on Google’s Play Store for Android users.
The app was launched by two women from Hawaii in May, in what appeared to be a response to popular dating apps such as Tinder and Bumble rolling out incentives for users to get vaccinated.
The app includes features like chat rooms, matches and a directory of businesses that welcome unvaccinated people, although the company removed a misinformation-laden “social feed” at Google’s request, according to the app’s co-creator Shelby Thomson, a 27-year-old photographer and mother in Maui, Hawaii.
As of Saturday, Unjected also had an anti-vax Instagram account with nearly 25,000 followers — but the account had been banned by midday on Monday.
“We’re being mislabeled as this anti-vax community, which is so not the case,” Thomson said. “We’re just not pro-mandatory vaccination. It just should be a choice.”
Google did not immediately reply to a request for comment from The Post.
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