The App That Caused Underground Pandemic Parties
Apple has removed ‘Vybe Together’ from the app store as it promoted social gatherings.
For the majority of us 2020 has been a year of video calls and social distancing, however there are still some that continue to party even during a pandemic. The app Vybe Together encouraged users to meet at underground events in America with the tagline “Get your rebel on. Get your party on.” Unsurprisingly, this app has now been removed from the app store by Apple and it’s also been banned from Tiktok.
Along with their interesting tagline, Vybe Together also advertised the app with a website that read “Miss playing beer pong, flirting with strangers, and generally just having a blast with the crew? Vybe is here for you.” It’s no secret that everyone is feeling lonely and isolated at the moment, but parties in a pandemic don’t feel like the smartest idea.
Though the app suggests you can vet anyone who asks to attend your party, they also suggest to “organize and create get-togethers for trendy people '' in the surrounding area – implying that it’s not just a small circle of mates. Those who attended the events would receive the location two hours in advance in order to keep them secret, similar to the popular UK rave scene events. Users also have to submit an Instagram handle and pictures of themselves partying to sign up to the app.
Vybe Together released a statement to The Verge stating “We never hosted any large parties, and we made one over-the-top marketing video that left a wrong impression about our intentions, which has since been taken down. We do not condone large unsafe parties during a pandemic.” An interesting response from an app that lets you create parties.
Vybe Together may have been a good app before 2020, however during a pandemic not so much.
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