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Private party app pulled from App Store by Apple


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#Despite over 82 million cases and over 1.75 million deaths due to COVID-19, many people are bound and determined to carry on with normal life. #For some, that includes attending #Saturday night ragers, just like they did in the #Before #Times. #Reports of yet another secret party being broken up by law enforcement have become distressingly common.

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#Getting guests for these secret parties is at least slightly more difficult now that #Apple has pulled #Vybe #Together—an app with a tagline that invited users to “get their party on”—from the #App #Store. The #Verge pointed out that the app had largely been flying under the radar until a tweet from #Taylor #Lorenz of the #New #York #Times brought some unwelcome, but much-needed scrutiny to the app. #One of #Lorenz’s tweets highlighted #Vybe #Together’s #TikTok account, which had posted videos of unmasked people partying indoors while advertising #New #Years #Eve parties. #According to #Business #Insider, #TikTok has since removed #Vybe #Together’s account for violating community guidelines.

#Vybe #Together’s FAQ at least acknowledged the reality of the COVID-19 pandemic. “#We are aware that #Covid is a major health problem to the country, our communities, our friends and family. #If we could all just be in isolation this could actually go away.” #So far, so good.

“#Having large scale parties is very dangerous,” the FAQ continued. “#That is why we don’t support that. #But #Vybe is a compromise, no big parties but small gatherings.”

The problem is that in places like #New #York, where the app was advertising, the number of people from different households who can safely gather indoors and unmasked is zero. The behavior #Vybe #Together encouraged is inherently dangerous, both to the participants and those they live with.

A spokesperson explained that the app was really meant for small get-togethers. “#Vybe #Together was [a minimum viable product] designed to help other people organize small get-togethers in parks or apartments during COVID,” the spokesperson told The #Verge. “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.”

They only condone having small, unsafe parties.





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https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2020/12/private-party-app-pulled-from-app-store-by-apple/

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