Bang With Friends used to be an application that debuted in January 2013 and quickly took off in popularity. The concept was simple: Users loged in with Facebook and selected what friends they wanted to bang. Only friends that had mutually selected the other user showed-up in a “down to bang” queue.
The app claimed more than 1 million users, even though it’s not without its share of controversy. In addition to questions about creepy factor, the anonymity of users has come into question. Earlier this month, it became possible to find out if some of your friends had signed-up for the service on Facebook. A mobile version for iOS and Android debuted last week.
While the Android version is still available, iPhone users are directed to this page, which promises that the app will be back “soon.”
While Apple is certainly no stranger for kicking apps out of the store that seem to violate various rules on nudity, pornography and sexuality — whether deserved or not — I don’t think the substance of the app is necessarily the problem. Grindr has had an iPhone app for years and it’s not substantively different from BWF, aside from the direct Facebook connection. Likewise, Ashley Madison, a service that encourages infidelity between spouses, has an iPhone app and it even features a “nearby” feature for better geolocation targeting.
Sure, BWF is crass and frat-tastic, but is it really ban worthy? Would you like to use the app ?