Sadly, it isn’t true. It was all a joke. The app by no means existed within the first place, so it couldn’t have been shut down as a result of there have been no girls. It was a humorous prank — joke, an important one, even. The affirmation bias that NFTs are for unhappy males is robust sufficient that this tricked a number of news outlets into reporting it as if it have been actual.
I practically fell for it, too. In mid-March 2022, I noticed an announcement in regards to the “Lonely Ape” courting app, regarded on the web site, and was intrigued (I wish to suppose I used to be additionally considerably skeptical, however I could be giving myself an excessive amount of credit score right here). I despatched the positioning homeowners an electronic mail asking about it, to see if it was a attainable story. They responded that it was set to launch in two or three months and had a whole lot of signups. I didn’t observe up.
I ought to have observed, nonetheless, that they’d already tweeted out the picture of the app with an enormous pink canceled stamp on it again on Feb. 10. It seems they tried the joke then, however it didn’t fairly take off. In addition they RT’d a number of different individuals making enjoyable of it — a reasonably good signal they have been in on it.
Over Twitter DMs at present, the prankster confirmed to BuzzFeed Information that it was a joke. Effectively, OK, “confirmed” by way of a winky smiley face, however like, that’s precisely the emoji you’d use to substantiate one thing’s a joke.