Apple has removed a social and dating app for people who haven’t had the Covid-19 vaccine for violating its policies on covering the pandemic. Unjected, founded by two women from Hawaii, calls itself a community for “like-minded people that support medical autonomy and free speech”. One of its features was a social feed where people gave reasons why they weren’t getting the vaccine.
Apple told the app’s owners that it “inappropriately refers to the Covid-19 pandemic in its concept or theme”, the company says it will allow information on the disease to come only from “recognized sources, which includes governments, ‘deeply credentialed’ companies, as well as non-government organizations, focused on health”. Unjected’s founders had asked members not to use words like ‘jabbed’ and ‘vaccine’ in order to avoid the app being detected and take] down by Apple. However, Apple warned the app not t( “cheat the system” or it wou] be removed. The app was launched in May with a slogan aiming at people who’d “literally prefer to date a badger” than someone who has been vaccinated. Its creators claim it had been downloaded 18,000 times before it was deleted. Co-founder and photographer Shelby thomson, 27, said her app was being “censored” unfairly by the major tech hrms. She told the New York Post: “We’re being mislabelled as this anti-vax community which is so not the case. We’re just not pro-mandatory vaccination. It just should be a choice”.