Mobile app stores are cracking down on one of the high-profile communities spreading misinformation about countering vaccine viruses. Bloomberg reports that Apple removed Unjected, a hybrid chat and dating app for the unvaccinated, for “inappropriately” mentioning the concept and themes of the COVID-19 pandemic. While Unjected bills itself as a place to find others who support “medical autonomy and free speech,” social posts on the site have falsely claimed vaccines modify genes, tap into 5G, and serve as “biological weapons.”
The creators of the app are also involved in the battle for their Android app. On July 16, Google told Unjected that it has two weeks to remove the misleading messages from its app to avoid blocking the Play Store. In response, the developers have withdrawn the social media feed. However, co-creator Shelby Thompson said that Unjected had planned to reject the request, restoring both the feed and the offensive messages.
We asked Apple and Google for comments. Unjected is still featured on Instagram despite the social network’s anti-misinformation stance, although this account mainly promotes its views on “freedom” and only occasionally mentions lies, such as false claims that mRNA vaccines alter DNA … We also asked Facebook for an answer.
Unjected – small compared to regular social networks: about 18,000 app downloads (according to Apptopia). However, the harsh measures are clearly a warning – Apple and Google will not tolerate apps that knowingly accept and encourage the creation of anti-virus content, even if they do not directly produce that material.
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