You can’t sit with us: From Jake Paul to Lele Pons, Vine fans want to ban popular YouTubers from appearing on Vine 2.0.
Through a seemingly endless supply of six-second auto-looping video goldmines, Vine provided a platform for today’s top Internet personalities to launch their career. The video format app turned formerly unknown teenagers into bonafide celebrities, launching the careers of self-promoting viral stars and transformed their branded personalities into dollar signs via hefty appearance fees and product endorsements. Need a perfect example? Look no further than Jake Paul’s “Rainbro” merch:
While most of the top names from the short-form video hosting service have flocked to YouTube after the app was shut down in 2016, diehard Vine fans want to ban the platform’s former elite group of content creators from “ruining” the new experience.
Vine co-founder Dom Hofmann set Twitter ablaze when he posted a tweet featuring the familiar green logo with nothing other than the cryptic “v2” caption.
This isn’t the first time that Hofmann has tugged on Vine-loving heartstrings, posting his promise to work on a successor to the popular app one month prior. “i’m going to work on a follow-up to vine,” he wrote. “I’ve been feeling it myself for some time and have seen a lot of tweets, dms, etc. I’m funding it myself as an outside project, so it doesn’t interfere with the (quite exciting) work we’re doing at the company, which is my first priority.”
With the Vine 2.0 hype train leaving the station after the platform’s official Twitter account sent ripples of excitement through social media with the promise of a January 2018 beta release, fans banded together to keep the platform open for a “new wave” of content creators.
To show they mean business, anti-Jake Paulers even started a petition to keep the YouTuber off of the app:
The criticism continued in a steady stream of tweets aimed at keeping the platform’s relaunch “untainted.”
Vine 2.0 is coming. Are YOU ready for the new batch of Internet celebs?