A controversial iPhone app that promised to connect collected social butterflies with the nearest pandemic was banned by Apple – but only after a reporter tweeted about it.
Vybe Together, whose slogan is “Get your party on, Get your rebel on”, was removed from the iOS App Store this week, reports The Verge.
“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,” reads the app’s website.
The app had remained largely under the radar most of the life of New York Times reporter Taylor Lorenz tweeted about it. A day later, the app was gone.
Health experts have warned against large indoor gatherings, as cases of the deadly coronary virus have increased until the winter months.
It is unclear when the party app was approved by Apple, but with only 25 reviews, it appeared to be relatively new. Apple says it is conducting a thorough review of the apps in its store, including “over 500 dedicated experts worldwide.”
Cupertino, California, did not immediately return a request for comment.
Vybe worked to let the hosts post about events they hosted, which users could then apply to attend. Gatherings of more than a few people have been illegal in large parts of the country since the coronavirus first began shutting down the United States in March.
Vybe’s Instagram page, which only had 804 followers as of Wednesday morning, had an updated description that confirmed that “The App Store took us down !!!” and promised that “We will be back !!”