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Wimkin's founder says his company is being treated unfairly after its app was removed by Google and Apple app stores

Wimkin's founder says his company is being treated unfairly after its app was removed by Google and Apple app stores

The Capitol building. Smaller social media networks attracted thousands of new users after the Capitol riots.
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Wimkin said its users spiked about 20% after the Capitol riots, before Google removed the app.




"We do not plan to shut down," said Jason Sheppard, Wimkin's founder.




A Google spokesperson said it didn't allow apps that "depict or facilitate gratuitous violence."




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Alternative social media network Wimkin enjoyed a spike of around 20% in new users in the 12 days between the Capitol siege and Monday, when Google removed it from its app store, said its founder.Jason Sheppard told Insider it gained about 55,000 new users, breaking the milestone of 300,000 users.Now, after Google and Apple both removed the app, new users will have to download Wimkin directly from the company's homepage. That will make it more difficult to add users accustomed to app stores. But the social network, doesn't plan to call it quits. "We do not plan to shut down," Sheppard said.
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