Jeremy Renner Shuts Down Mobile App Amid Troll Activity

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The free platform was launched in 2017 as a way for the actor to connect more closely with his fans.

Jeremy Renner on Wednesday announced that the Jeremy Renner app — a hub for fans to get together, watch exclusive content and enter contests to win prizes, such as original music, photographs and access to behind-the-scenes live streams of the actor — is shutting down.

In a message tweeted from the app's official account, the Avengers actor wrote, "The App has jumped the shark, literally. Due to clever individuals who were able to manipulate ways to impersonate me and others within the app I have asked ESCAPEX, the company that runs this app to shut it down immediately and refund anyone who has purchased any stars over the last 90 days."

Renner continued, "My sincere apologies for this not to have turned out the way it was intended. To all the super-fans who have supported me with your words or encouragement, amazing art, stories and time shared on the app, a genuine THANK YOU and hope to see you on Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and Facebook."

The existence of trolls on the app, such as someone claiming to be Casey Anthony (who was once accused of murdering her toddler) and purporting to be a huge fan of Renner's — as well as other people posing as controversial names — were referenced by users on social media, along with rude messages that compromised the app. 

"What was supposed to be a place for fans to connect with each other has turned into a place that is everything I detest and can't or won't condone," Renner's statement concluded. 

The free mobile app was launched in 2017 as a way for the actor to connect more closely with his fans all over the world. "This will be the main place I interact with my fans and share a deeper look into my life," Renner said at the time of the app's launch. "Between exclusive contests for my superfans, behind the scenes of what I'm working on, and being able to interact with you guys one on one, I couldn't be more excited to interact with you guys more!"

Renner, who is also known for his music career as a singer and instrumentalist — sides of himself that were shared in the app — has not yet made an official statement via his verified social media accounts. 

The actor will next be seen onscreen in the Blumhouse movie Spawn, opposite Jamie Foxx.