US app developers say it was designed for small groups rather than large parties.
An American app that allowed users to meet during the coronavirus pandemic at hidden underground gatherings was removed by Apple.
Vybe Together, the app that promoted private parties, was banned from the Apple App Store, suspended its TikTok account, and deleted much of its online presence. The app’s developers told The Verge that it had been blocked by Apple.
Vybe Together, with the tagline “Get your rebel on. Get your party on.”, described itself on TikTok and its website as a place to organize and attend mostly illegal parties that violate social distancing laws.
Do you miss playing beer pong, flirting with strangers, and just having a lot of fun with the crew in general? The website said, “Do you miss playing beer pong, flirting with strangers and generally just having a lot of fun with the crew? Vybe is here for you,”
They were asked to create a profile before people could sign up, an application process that allowed them to include their Instagram handle and upload photos of themselves partying.
The application made it possible for individuals to create private events where “no randoms will show up.” Users could then apply for event invites and hope that the host would think they were “interesting” enough to let them in.
When on the list, two hours before the event began, guests waited to obtain information about the venue.
One of the co-founders of Vybe Together said the app had a few thousand users and that after the company started posting videos on TikTok, a couple of thousand additional applicants had requested entry.
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“But Vybe is a compromise […] We could live with Vybe at least a little bit in these times.”
It remains uncertain if the app – which only has a few hundred Instagram followers – was essentially inciting illicit or unsafe meetings, while in a TikTok video it advertised “get-togethers every weekend”
For comment, the developers of Vybe Together were contacted. The post on their Instagram account reads, “App Store has taken us down!!!! We will be back!!!”