Apple bans controversial ‘Tinder for anti-vaxxers’ dating service from App Store

The so-called 'Tinder for anti-vaxxers' has been removed from Apple's App Store amid fears it was a hive of disinformation.

Unjected, an American service established by two Hawaiian women around the time Tinder and Bumble introduced pro-vaccine "stickers" for dating profiles, vowed to be a "platform for like-minded humans that support medical autonomy".

But Apple removed Unjected from its authorised app marketplace because it "inappropriately refers to the Covid-19 pandemic in comment or theme", the New York Post reported.

Controversial features of the app included a misinformation-ridden "social feed" where users posted their own thoughts about the pandemic.

Unsubstantiated theories included one user's assertion the vaccines were "shedding dangerous spike proteins".

The social feed was recently scrapped on Google's request.

And after Bloomberg asked Apple what it made of the app, Unjected was swiftly removed from the App Store.

It also lost its 25k-strong Instagram account on Monday.

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The misinformation crackdown by tech firms came shortly after Joe Biden said Facebook's weakness during the pandemic was "killing people".

Unjected co-founder and photographer Shelby Thomson, 27, said her app was being "censored" unfairly by the major tech firms.

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.”

Google was called on by anti-misinformation campaigners to remove the app from its Google Play Store, where it remains available to download.

Whether or not Unjected was a safe space for anti-vaxxers, the app ultimately failed to kindle relationships with the tech platforms it relied on for survival.

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