Apple bans Unjected, dating app over misinformation even as Tinder

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Unjected, a new social media dating app, particularly for those who have not been vaccinated against Covid-19 and have no desire to do so, has been banned by Apple from App Store. The reason for the ban on Unjected app is violation of Apple policies and for spreading misinformation on the Covid-19 pandemic.

Unjected app was created and launched in May by two women for the “like minded, the covid unvaccinated”. However, Unjected app says it is a ‘safe space’ of sorts for unvaccinated Americans looking to date. While initially, the app was clearered by Apple, but Unjected made certain updates that led to a ban being slapped on it.

Apple clearly stated, that “if you attempt to cheat our system, your apps will be removed from the store.” However, even though Apple has banned it, the app is still available for download on the Google Play Store – Apple has a much more stringent safety and security review system. Unjected app downloads had shot up and it has almost 25,000 followers on its Instagram account,

Unjected app calls itself a ‘safe space, a “platform for like-minded humans that support medical autonomy”’ for the unvaccinated Americans. It was developed as an app that took the opposite view of what the US government was saying on the pandemic and what it was encouraging other social media apps to do. The White House had told different dating apps – including Tinder, Match and Bumble – to prod users to get vaccinated against Covid-19. Unjected became a platform for the anti-vaxxers instead and was blasted by critics as a hotspot for Covid-19 misinformation.

“Apparently, we’re considered ‘too much’ for sharing our medical autonomy and freedom of choice,” the developers said in a statement posted to Instagram on Saturday. The threshold point for the platform was reached after Unjected added a new social feature that allowed more general postings. It was even flagged by Google after Unjected’s moderators were accused of not doing enough to stop misinformation on Covid-19 vaccines.