This New Year’s Eve will be very different from last year because of the pandemic. To keep people safe, Apple yesterday removed an app called Vybe Together from the App Store. TikTok also closed Vybe Together’s account after the Secret Party App posted a video promoting large gatherings in New York City that appear to be violating COVID-19 safety guidelines. With Vybe Together, users can find and create private parties. Only members approved by Vybe Together can use the app.
In an email to Business Insider, Vybe Together wrote, “We’re like Eventbrite, but a lot cooler. Vybe can be anything from board games to bachata with your neighbors. Lots of people were isolated and lonely and we wanted to activate them.” We understand that large gatherings are not okay and we do not promote them. When we see events are popular, we take them off! “Obviously, this description of an event compiled by the app does not match the images seen in the video posted on TikTok. Alexandar Dimcevski, CEO of Vybe Together, sent an updated email to Business Insider this morning, in who described the video promotion as “over-the-top marketing.” The executive added, “We will not tolerate large unsafe parties during a pandemic.”
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The United States Center for Disease Control (CDC) has recommended Americans stay home tomorrow night. The agency said if you want to go out, stay two meters apart, wear masks, avoid alcohol and the crowds, and don’t shout.