Gay apps have been amazingly useful for gay people trying to meet partners. But a new gay hook-up app is sparking debate by working to keep some gay people out rather than trying to get them in. In fact, it may well be that most people who want to sign up are getting rejected at this point.
This app, hanky, has a voting system to allow people to get in. When someone wants to join the service they’re immediately presented to three existing members. These three people will cast votes on whether the potential user should be allowed in or not. All it takes to be turned away is two people who dislike the look of an applicant.
The developer of the app has stated that the policy is in place to ensure that the more unappealing aspects of other hook-up gay apps never appear on hanky. In his words, it seeks to turn away the “creeps, timewasters and fake profiles”. But this hasn’t kept people from worrying that in trying to do some good the rules might have ended up far too strict. At the moment the rejection rate is quite high. Jonas Cronfeld, cofounder of hanky, estimates that only 2 out of 10 applicants are approved. However, he believes that the app is working on quality rather than quantity and that it will ensure a “more sexy” userbase.
Though over time this rate might decrease due to a secondary method of registration. Someone already approved can vouch for another person during the application process. However, it should be noted that this method does require phone verification.
The company itself maintains that it’s striving to create a better community than what’s found on traditional dating gay apps. They go on to mention that their verification process is in place to prevent the types of online shaming and ridicule by people with false identities that can be found on other apps.