Anti-vax app needles Google and Apple into action

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Anti-vax app needles Google and Apple into action

Unjected app bills itself as a community for ‘like-minded people that support medical autonomy and free speech’

Jackie Davalos

A new social app designed as a community for the unvaccinated is testing Google and Apple’s policies concerning the spread of misinformation about Covid-19 vaccines.

Unjected, started by two women from Hawaii, bills itself as a community for “like-minded people that support medical autonomy and free speech”. The app allows users to make a profile, match and message with other members. It launched in May shortly after the largest online dating sites, including Tinder and Bumble, introduced perks to encourage users to get vaccinated. Sometimes dubbed the “Tinder for anti-vaxxers”, Unjected has since racked up 18,000 downloads and plenty of jokes on Twitter.

Though the platform began as a site for dating and friendships, it recently rolled out a social feed. A routine update to the app triggered a review by Google Play that found it hadn’t sufficiently policed user-generated content for misinformation. In e-mails to Unjected, Google flagged posts that included claims of vaccines being “experimental mRNA gene modifiers,” “bioweapons” and “nano-technology microchips” used to link people to the 5G network...

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