Apple and Google remove the Wimkin app from app stores due to threats of violence

Both Apple and Google removed the Wimkin social media app from their respective app stores after the platform failed to successfully moderate some content deemed violent.

Wimkin defines itself as a platform “uncensored”Who professes total freedom of speech, but which ultimately is been used to threaten violent protests during the inauguration of US President-elect Joe Biden. Notably, Apple removed the app due to a series of posts in which several right-wing extremists had begun organizing the “Million Militia March” for January 20. Other posts called for the arrest of Vice President Mike Pance or the start of a second civil war.

App founder Jason Sheppard said his team tried to moderate this content and immediately reported it to the proper authorities. Wimkin is also adding additional restraint measures, including tools that automatically mark words like “murder” or “killing”. Apple’s App Review Board told Sheppard that such measures, at present, do not meet the platform guidelines. Now, developers are working closely with Apple to find the best way to moderate potentially violent content.

Recall that Apple and Google had already removed the Parler app in recent days that had been used by right-wing extremists to organize the assault on the Capitol.

For you, can we talk about censorship or must threats of violence always be stopped, even with the suspension of the apps that host them?


Source: iPhone Italia by

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