Though its guidelines specifically allow political satire, Apple this month rejected Hinder, a satirical app that allows a user to left-swipe through a bevy of conservative politicians that have worked against women’s reproductive freedoms. Hinder was created by Lizz Winstead, co-creator of The Daily Show and member of Lady Parts Justice, a group of pro-choice comedians, as a means to engage a generation of Tinder users. “All of a sudden there’s a satirical app like your hookup app that’s telling you that, basically, if you choose to hook up with people, or you make a decision to live any kind of sexual lifestyle that you want, there are people who are desperately trying to prevent you from making that experience be safe, be acceptable, be a lot of things,” Winstead told The Huffington Post. Apple rejected Hinder because of its ban of apps that are “defamatory, offensive, mean-spirited, or likely to place the targeted individual or group in harm’s way” – a rule that explicitly excludes professional political satirists and humorists like Winstead. Apple has not commented on the controversy, but Winstead has made the app available for download through Lady Parts Justice.
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