Apple Pulls "Bang with Friends" App from App Store
The Facebook-connected hookup app named “Bang with Friends” was recently pulled from Apple’s App Store, with the removal coming just a little over a week following the app’s debut. For those of you who were unfamiliar with it, Bang with Friends, is a Facebook integrated app that lets users' hookup with friends on the social network. It originally hit the App Store last week but it seems Apple found an issue with the app, leading to its recent takedown.
Furthermore, the Bang with Friends mobile webpage is also down with a “Be Right Back” message, though it is unclear whether the two issues are related or not. According to the app cofounder, Colin Hodge, Apple hasn’t given any official response as to why the app was removed.
Although the app’s title may be somewhat crude, the service behind it is actually an anonymous matchmaking service that is limited to a Facebook user’s friends list. To use the app, a Facebook account holder signs up with the service and selects friends they wouldn’t mind “hooking up” with. If that friend also happens to be a member of BWF and has selected the same person as a potential match, emails are sent to each user notifying them a match has been made. The concept behind the whole app and its service is that it is anonymous, meaning users will not be alerted when a friends wants to “hookup” unless they have also shown interest.
Apple hasn’t responded to any requests regarding the pulling of the app but the company has taken a stricter stance on apps that contain questionable content. An example of this was seen with Twitter-owned Vine, which was stripped of its App Store’s Editors’ Choice designation after the app’s curators accidentally featured a snippet that contained inappropriate content.
We’ll have to wait and see Apple’s reasoning and the app developer’s response.