Tech Report: Twitter to kill off Vine, lay off 9 percent of workforce

CREDIT: Vine, Facebook
CREDIT: Vine, Facebook

 

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — Twitter is discontinuing Vine, the popular six-second video sharing service and app.

The Twitter-owned company made the announcement Thursday morning.

Their website will be kept alive so users can continue to watch previously made videos, but their app and video service will be gone.

This news comes as Twitter also announced that they are going to lay off 9 percent of their workforce worldwide.

Statement from Vine:

Important News about Vine

Since 2013, millions of people have turned to Vine to laugh at loops and see creativity unfold. Today, we are sharing the news that in the coming months we’ll be discontinuing the mobile app.

Nothing is happening to the apps, website or your Vines today. We value you, your Vines, and are going to do this the right way. You’ll be able to access and download your Vines. We’ll be keeping the website online because we think it’s important to still be able to watch all the incredible Vines that have been made. You will be notified before we make any changes to the app or website.

Thank you. Thank you. To all the creators out there — thank you for taking a chance on this app back in the day. To the many team members over the years who made this what it was — thank you for your contributions. And of course, thank you to all of those who came to watch and laugh every day.

What’s next? We’ll be working closely with creators to make sure your questions are answered and will work hard to do this the right way. We’ll be sharing more details on this blog and our Twitter account, and will notify you through the app when we start to change things.

– Team Vine & Twitter

Watch the above video to see Gabe Slate’s Tech Report. He talks to experts about this story.

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