Apple pulls controversial ‘Bang With Friends’ app from App Store

By , May 17, 2013

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Apple has decided to pull Bang With Friends, a controversial app that lets users anonymously pick which of their Facebook friends they’d like to hook up with, and then notifies them when there’s a match, from its App Store this afternoon.

There’s no word yet on why the app was removed. But between Apple’s staunch attitude toward all things vulgar, and its app review team’s track record for pulling software on a whim, we’re not at all surprised to see Bang With Friends gone…

Cofounder and CEO Colin Hodge broke the news to Gawker’s ValleyWag blog, saying that they are working with Apple to get the application, which now caters to more than 1 million users, back into the App Store as quick as possible.

Hodge, a computer software engineer, started Bang With Friends with Omri Mor back in February. The duo reportedly just locked up over $1 million in venture capital funding, and launched on both the iPhone and Android a little over a week ago.

Despite its vulgar premise, BWF has received a lot of attention for its method of anonymously matching up users. Some even think the double-blind formula—which only notifies users when there’s a match—will revolutionize social interaction.

Anyway, Apple has not responded to requests for comments yet on why it pulled the app, but it has been pretty active on that front lately. Earlier this month, it forced LINE to stop offering pay-for virtual gifts, and last month it pulled AppGratis.

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  • http://twitter.com/PrsnSingh Prasoon

    That’s funny.

  • jose castro

    how the heck this app end up in the app store. lol

  • http://www.facebook.com/jonathan.liu.7503 Jonathan Liu

    Why did they even accept the app in the first place??

    • http://www.facebook.com/liamsagooch Liam Googolplex Merlyn

      Apple are getting a reputation for approving dodgy apps only to pull them weeks later.

      • http://twitter.com/aidanharris1 ✪ aidan harris ✪

        Not that this matters since most people know all apps run as user, mobile and are run sandboxed. In my opinion apps like this although controversial should be allowed…

  • http://www.facebook.com/saif.fersi.14 Saif Fersi

    Wow didn’t know about this app sounds funny too bad they took it off

    • yahmed

      Maybe you can find an ipa online?

      • http://www.facebook.com/liamsagooch Liam Googolplex Merlyn

        I tried, couldn’t find anything

  • wonderboydave

    so lame. I wanted bang with friends to be a “smash hit”

  • http://twitter.com/oo7plasma Brandon Weidema

    LOL

  • Falk M.

    You always hear about the good stuff once it’s pulled… haha

    Wait… Oh God I love the suggestiveness of that sentence! Only realized after typing…

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Diego-Milano/629446773 Diego Milano

      That’s (almost) what she said!

  • http://twitter.com/MichaelJDelaney Michael Jay Delaney

    But SnapChat is still okay?

  • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

    Good move Apple! Make all the Aldultery comitters go find somewhere else to do their dirty living.

    • http://www.facebook.com/liamsagooch Liam Googolplex Merlyn

      Adultery? Who says any of them would be committing adultery? Single people would use this too

    • bingo

      sounds like youve been cheated on.

      • Guest

        Sounds like you’re one of those dirty minded freaks…

      • http://twitter.com/raaomoka Raashid

        sounds like you’re one of those dirty minded freaks…

  • http://twitter.com/Vroeeem  Dinges

    Well that app sounds edgy.

    The US is the most prude (most positive word I could think of) country in the world when it comes to anything sexual. But for instance guns and murder are fine. Apple tries to export this ideology to the rest of the world and boy is it annoying. Nobody wants your ideology, keep it inside your borders please. Apple needs to get a local team for every country ASAP.

  • bloodshed

    if they considered picking a different name for their app, non of this would have happened.

  • http://twitter.com/aidanharris1 ✪ aidan harris ✪

    I’d rather Apple be over-cautious and pull some apps (even if it would appear that they’ve done nothing wrong) than us iOS users end up with something like Google Play…

  • Andre Durie

    Coitus with friends ..problem solved

  • bingo

    its been gone for like 2 days, not this afternoon. user here.

  • JomanJi

    I justloooove how wrong the name is :-P

  • http://www.facebook.com/marvin.steppenhofer Marvin Steppenhofer

    bang with grannys. lol

  • http://twitter.com/3bdo_89 Abdo Sadek

    But Grindr is still ok? isn’t this sort of a double standard?

  • http://twitter.com/dpbiscuit D1M

    I think this is a brilliant idea for an app. The whole double blind formula, as stated in the article, is genius.

  • Chris

    shit…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Greg-Whitaker/100000796710385 Greg Whitaker

    Hmm, I’m stuck on a non jail broken iP5 AND Apple is assuming charge of my moral code… I hope I still have time to trade for an Android…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Greg-Whitaker/100000796710385 Greg Whitaker

    WE SHOULD PETITION APPLE!!
    …and force it, with public pressure, to allow iDevice OWNERS the liberty to use our iDevices as we see fit. If I were the wordsmith I’d like to think I am I would’ve written it up myself and posted here instead of this, but I’d rather have some input from the community regarding the language and approach to avoid doing more harm than good. All suggestions are welcome!
    Keep in mind that this isn’t solely because of the removal of the app discussed in this article. It’s about what we, as adult consumers, should be entitled to from the beginning.
    Ex: if I buy a car from Ford, that company doesnt have the right to dictate where can drive it, how i customize it, or what i do inside of it. Why does Apple have that right?