Brought to light by a reporter on Twitter, a controversial phone app that connected cooped up socialites at nearby ‘pandemic parties’ has finally been pulled.
An app that promoted and claimed to host illegal parties during lockdown has this week been ousted from iOS, and efforts have been elevated to upend plans of this nefarious variety altogether.
Vybe Together, whose slogan happened to be ‘Get your party on, Get your rebel on,’ had been connecting cooped up socialites at illicit and unsafe gatherings for months, and promoting events on TikTok before its online presence was completely scrubbed out.
‘Miss playing beer pong, flirting with strangers, and generally just having a blast with the crew? Vybe is here for you,’ the website read.
“App Store took us down! We will be back! Follow to stay updated!” Vybe Together, a party app for people to meet in person, wrote on its Instagram account after it was removed from the Apple Storehttps://t.co/LJxcWxLYJP
— BBC Newsbeat (@BBCNewsbeat) December 30, 2020
Operating under the radar of US authorities for months, Vybe Together organisers had been vetting would be party-goers on its website, with successful entries reportedly receiving the address of illegal events two hours before opening. As you’d expect, ensuring a successful application had plenty more to do with someone’s capacity to keep all under wraps than providing proof of a negative Covid test.
In-fact, according to the Verge, the app’s 2000 users even had to submit their Instagram handles and upload recent pictures of themselves partying admist lockdown restrictions to be accepted on the platform. Thankfully though, Vbye Together’s meagre 25 ratings on the app store suggests the app was nipped in the bud pretty soon after its launch.