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Apple has decided to remove the Vybe Together application from its official store, the AppStore, in violation of restrictions imposed in the U.S. in the face of the current pandemic COVID-19. The app promoted the organization and celebration of secret parties, going against security measures.

The iOS app also saw its TikTok account banned and ended up deleting much of its online presence. The news was advanced by The Verge after the person responsible for the application is informed by Apple of the decision made.

Private parties in pandemic times COVID-19

Some terrible people built a whole app for finding and promoting COVID-unsafe large, indoor house parties and they’re using TikTok to market it to millions of ppl. pic.twitter.com/zYhBiFH4vR

– Taylor Lorenz (@TaylorLorenz) December 29, 2020

Vybe Together used the iOS application, as well as the TikTok platform to enable users to meet during the COVID-19 pandemic. The creators were responsible for approving new users of the app, receiving the location of the parties two hours before their start, thus facilitating the outline of the measures and restrictions imposed by the USA.

Users who received the approval of those responsible thus received the location of these secret parties and had two hours to address them (the period in advance). Thus a restricted group of “rebels” was built and maintained.

Note that the application’s motto was very clear about its purpose “Get your rebel on. Get your party on.” As you might expect, most of these parties and gatherings are illegal in much of the United States.

The app has already been removed from the Apple App Store

Vybe Together

Each interested party therefore had to submit a user profile for approval before being able to participate in clandestine gatherings. According to the aforementioned source, the application had a few thousand active users until its removal.

Pointing out that they also had thousands more waiting to be approved for their platform after the publication of several videos on the social network TikTok where the app would spread quickly. In other words, it was through sharing and referencing on TikTok that Vybe Together would become better known and receive more candidates.

It should be noted that the application process involved submitting a photo of the interested party to celebrate during one of the parties organized through Vybe Together, in addition to the personal Instagram account information. Possibly to ensure that the new user would not reveal the details and location of these secret parties.

Criticisms of Vybe Together were not long in coming, especially after exposure by various media outlets to repudiate such practices. Still, the application remained active and available for Apple devices through the App Store.

This ends the controversial application for iOS with its removal by Apple.

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