Ferguson Activists Mourn the Loss of Vine App

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Earlier this week, people were shocked at the news that Twitter was closing done the Vine application. While some were not surprised at the news as the app has lost popularity in recent months, some people were upset at the news of the loss of this application. Some notable protesters were among these groups. CNN is reporting that activists in Ferguson are upset about the closing of the app. This news has many people looking into what ties the group has to the application.

The news of this disappointment stems from the protesters who used the app to show some questionable tactics that the police were using while confronting protesters in the state. A Vine user by the name of Antonio French used the application to post videos of the scene when loading the information to YouTube and other social media sites were taking too long. The videos French posted were some of the first ones uploaded to the internet that showed the tension between the public and the police in the area. CNN also reports that the protester had the following to say about the app closure.

” What Vine provided was a way for us to shoot video and shoot these bite-size videos very quickly and easily. That’s how the story spread , through tweets, through social media, through short videos. The story of what was happening in a small suburb in St.Louis quickly spread across the globe.”

The news of the closure of the app is not surprising, as many other applications have been following in the footsteps of Vine. Not only has Twitter included a video sharing component into its services, but applications like Snapchat and Instagram have also done the same in order to compete. This has left Vine obsolete to many.

The impact that Vine has had on social media and information sharing is very significant. Not only was the app useful for personal things, but it also helped BLM activist get their message to people who would not have otherwise seen it.

 

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