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Apple and TikTok just banned this app for arranging parties during COVID-19

The app Vybe Together tried to organize parties during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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In this Sunday, Dec. 6, 2020 file photo, the logo of Apple is illuminated at a store in the city center of Munich, Germany.

In this Sunday, Dec. 6, 2020, file photo, the logo of Apple is illuminated at a store in the city center of Munich, Germany.

Matthias Schrader, Associated Press

Apple and TikTok have banned the app Vybe Together, which allowed people to arrange and attend parties that might violate local COVID-19 rules, CNN reports.

Apple took the app down from the App Store. TikTok also shut down the company’s account.

Vybe Together still has an Instagram account, which remains online. The account explained the ban in a new post to members who wondered what happened to the app.

  • App Store took us down!!! We will be back!!,” the Instagram post said.

What does the app do?

  • The Instagram account said the app is used to “Find your vybe. Local wine nights, beer pong games and dancing in an apartment near you.”
  • Currently, the app has a slogan that reads: “Get your rebel on. Get your party on.”
  • The app has a post that calls on people to find “local wine nights, beer pong games and dancing in an apartment near you.”

What else did the app say?

A spokesperson for the app told The Verge the app was not made to encourage bad behavior during the pandemic.

 “Vybe Together was (a minimum viable product) designed to help other people organize small get-togethers in parks or apartments during COVID,” the spokesperson said. “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.”