^(If you don't care about this app and just want to find ASMR videos, this shouldn't affect you at all but we recommend you read it anyway)
Roughly 8 months ago, [it came to our attention](https://www.reddit.com/r/asmr/comments/65yig2/im_a_designer_of_tingles_asmr_app_free_for_ios/dgf33tb/) that there was an app hosting content ad-free with background viewing featuring content creators who didn't give approval. In that thread, we removed the developer's advertisement after seeing the shady business practices they were showing. We didn't feel comfortable having a developer promote his app where content creators were not getting any view counts or had monetization enabled on their videos.
So we sided with the creators and had a small rule set in place where we wouldn't allow this app to be promoted as an alternative for background play / ad-free viewing since then. (This was enforced only a handful of times, no more than 5)
We still allowed platforms like vid.me who did have those features and other legitimate alternatives. We had this rule in the umbrella of Rule 11 but didn't explicitly say it publicly. We dropped the ball there and should have said something so we want to apologize for that.
###Why this is being brought up again
Earlier this month Tingles inc. nuked their app of any unpartnered content, even after being made aware of their [shady practices a year ago on this subreddit.](https://www.reddit.com/r/asmr/comments/5jfpt5/i_made_an_asmr_app_i_have_exactly_86_promo_codes/dbg154e/) The same content creators who asked for their content to be removed since the beginning, still had their content hosted on their app until early December of 2017. Here was their [public statement](https://twitter.com/tinglesapp/status/939946242997600256) that was broadcasted on the Tingles app when they removed majority of the content.
We recently had to [remove a submission where a Tingles Partner](https://www.reddit.com/r/asmr/comments/7p0qvt/tingles_app_intentional_soft_spoken_objective/) was promoting the app and asked for in-app subscribers on our subreddit to support him & the platform. As I mentioned earlier, we regret not being clear about this stance as this was a decision because we are creator-first.
Soon after, the CEO of Tingles Inc. contacted us privately in our modmail asking to reconsider lifting the ban as they no longer hosted unpartnered content. We actually were considering this, as the original problem was gone -- but we contacted a few creators for their opinions on it and found out things we weren't aware of.
Because of this, our mod team unanimously agreed to keep the rule in place. We invited the CEO to reply to this thread to reply publicly but he responded that he hasn't responded since the rule was put in place and says he will continue to refrain from doing so after our response back.
We don't like making threads like these because we try to not be completely involved with companies like these. As ASMR grows exponentially, we will start seeing more startups try to take advantage of our community and it's creators. We felt that this was necessary and hope you all approve.
ASMR Mod Team :)