Apple Removes Anti-Vaxx Dating Site Unjected From Store For Violating New Covid-19 Content Code As Part Of Brand ‘Censorship’ By App Owners
- Unjected has been removed from the Apple App Store for violating Covid-19 policies
- It’s a dating and community app for people who haven’t had the Covid-19 vaccine
- Co-founder Shelby Thomson, 27, compared the removal of the app to censorship
Apple has removed a dating app for people who have not had the vaccine for violating its policies regarding Covid-19 content.
Unjected is a dating and community app for unvaccinated people. It was removed from the App Store over the weekend and its Instagram was also disabled by the social media platform, in a move its owners have likened its removal to censorship.
The app was founded by two Hawaiian mothers Shelby Thomson, 27, and Heather Pyle, 37.
In a video posted to Instagram on Saturday, Ms Thomson said: “Apparently we are considered ‘too much’ to share our medical autonomy and freedom of choice. So, of course, Apple took us away.
Apple has removed Unjected, a dating and community app for people who haven’t had the vaccine for violating Covid-19 content policies (Pictured: Founder Shelby Thomson)
The app had previously been banned from the App Store, but Apple reinstated it after updates where it removed several features, including a social feed and a “blood bank.”
An Apple spokesperson told Insider the app violates Apple’s policies regarding Covid-19 content, citing published interviews in which the founders said their app was intended for “unvaccinated people. like-minded “.
Posting a screenshot of a Bloomberg News article that said the app was removed after being contacted by a reporter, Unjected said, “We need to use our voices.” We are fighting against the censorship of our freedoms and we will not stop. ‘
After the founders urged users to avoid anti-vaccination buzzwords such as “prick” and “microchip,” but the spokesperson said it again violates App Store policies because it was trying to deceive Apple critics.
In a video posted to Instagram on Saturday, Ms Thomson said: “Apparently we are considered ‘too much’ to share our medical autonomy and freedom of choice. So, of course, Apple took us away. ‘
Apple’s post read, “Specifically, your social media app inappropriately refers to the Covid-19 pandemic in its concept or theme.”
Its policies only allow information on Covid-19 to come from recognized sources, which include governments, “deeply accredited” companies as well as health-focused non-governmental organizations.
Unjected’s Instagram page, which numbered 25,000, was taken down following the reports.
Ms Thomson said their page was deactivated by the social media platform after an Insider reporter contacted Instagram for comment following the reporting.
In a caption next to a video on a new Instagram page, she said, “Insta deleted us at 25k. This morning our @ the.unjected page was deleted without notice or warning.
“We have never been verified or any messages deleted for misinformation.
“We were just removed because the recent publicity would draw people to our page and they didn’t want it.”
The company said it might be easier for them to make the website “as good as it gets,” which can’t be closed like the app can.
In an email to Insider yesterday, Thomson said the app was downloaded 18,000 times and made a call to Apple, but don’t expect the request to be returned.