'Mean Girls' of Gay Dating Apps Launches


An exclusive new app, Hanky – nicknamed the “Mean Girls” of hook-up apps – makes users vote on new members, with 8 out of 10 applicants being rejected.


Hanky’s founders claim that the elitist nature of the admissions process is intended to weed out trolls. “For a long time we’ve been fed up with the vibe of the other gay apps,” co-founder Jonas Cronfeld said in a statement.

“Increasingly the experience is ruined by trolling. We wanted to duplicate the nice vibe we experience when being introduced to friends of our best friends. There’s always a dash of trust and an expectation that we’re somehow on the same page.”

Aspiring applicants can only join the app if sent a code by three other people, or by applying through Facebook where at least three other members will vote on the applicant’s suitability.

Hanky’s advertisement on Apple’s App Store

Only two in ten men applying will make the cut, says Cronfeld. “We will probably never have 5 million members like some of these other apps because so many get turned away,” he said. “But we’ll choose quality over quantity any day.” The app is reportedly admitting 3,500 new users a week, with most active users in the UK, US and the Philippines.

Cronfeld has dismissed claims that the app is elitist.”The guys coming in represent a colorful palette of types, ethnicities and personalities, he told Out.com.

“The atmosphere on Hanky is not snobbish and elitist, but incredibly diverse and representative, just without all the creeps and scumbags. The limited access makes our users more welcoming, since everyone has been vetted or invited by an existing member.”

“Sure, big numbers are nice, but none of our competitors have got the actual experience right; something we will never compromise on. Our users are nicer and more sexy,” Cronfeld added.

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