Vybe Together App That Promoted Private Parties Removed From Apple's App Store During COVID-19

Vybe Together App That Promoted Private Parties Removed From Apple's App Store During COVID-19

Vybe Together reportedly had a few thousand users
Vybe Together, an iOS app that promoted non-public events withinside the center of the COVID-19 pandemic, has been eliminated from the App Store through Apple. The app's TikTok account has also been banned and its website has been removed, as per a report. But the developers say that the app was not intended to promote unsafe behavior. Its website now says that the app will be back again.


The app's now archived website shows that the app introduced itself with the tagline, ‘Get your rebel on, get your party on'. Vybe Together's deleted FAQ page said that the app was designed to promote ‘small gatherings' rather than ‘big parties', although it acknowledged the dangers of the pandemic, according to a report by The Verge.


The report says that a spokesperson of the app denied that Vybe Together was intended to promote unsafe behavior. The Vybe Together website says that the app's intentions are for people to enjoy small gatherings in their apartments, not illegal parties. The site is also asking people to subscribe and get notified when the app goes live again. The app's Instagram bio says, “App Store took us down but we will be back”.

Vybe Together received backlash earlier this week, after being criticized on Twitter by The New York Times reporter, Taylor Lorenz, who called it an app for “finding and promoting Covid-unsafe large, indoor house parties”.


The app's creators advised The Verge that Apple took it off the App Store.  They said that Vybe Together had a few thousand users and a few additional applicants had requested access to it after the company started putting videos on TikTok. To apply, people had to submit Instagram handles and upload pictures of themselves ‘partying to the service', probably to ensure that they wouldn't complain about Vybe Together's parties. Organizers would then approve the people who could attend the party and send them the address of the venue two hours before the event.

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