Twitter’s Elon Musk asks users if he should bring back Vine in a new poll

Elon Musk owned Twitter but only a few days later, and he’s already moving the bowl in big ways. On Sunday afternoon, news reports indicated that the business mogul is deciding whether or not to charge verified users $20 a month to continue using blue checkmarks. Hours after that news first came out, Musk publicly hinted at the potential return of one of Twitter’s biggest acquisitions. On Sunday night, Musk tweeted a poll asking his followers if he should revive Vine, the popular TikTok introduction that many would say redefined content creation for an entire generation.

As of this writing, the “yes” option is winning by a healthy margin with nearly 72 percent of the 630,000 votes cast. The survey is scheduled to last one day and will expire on Halloween night. It’s unclear if Musk actually has plans to bring back the service or if he’s just trying to drum up more participation in his latest purchase.

Vine was officially launched in 2013 and quickly became one of the most popular applications available on mobile phones. It lasted until 2016 when Twitter effectively shut down the service by not allowing new uploads of content, instead turning the app into an archive of already live videos. This archive lasted until April 2019 when the app was taken offline for good.

Dom Hoffman, one of the service’s early founders, announced after Twitter shut down that he was working on a spiritual alternative. He launched Byte in 2018 which was later acquired by a similar short video service. Now, titled Huddles, the service has failed to reach the heights of Vine, especially when considering the massive surge in popularity that TikTok has unleashed in a post-pandemic world.

Until then, TikTok found itself embroiled in controversy. As recently as June, FCC commissioners suggested there were significant security flaws in the app. Commissioner Brendan Carr wrote a letter to both Apple and Google this summer, asking companies to remove TikTok from their app markets.

“TikTok collects everything from search and browsing records to keystroke patterns and biometric identifiers, including facial prints — which the researchers said may be used in unrelated facial recognition technology — and voice prints,” Carr wrote at the time. “It collects location data as well as message drafts and metadata, plus it collects text, images, and videos stored in the device’s clipboard.”

TikTok is still available on almost all mobile app stores.


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