Having announced in October that it was planning to shut down its Vine video sharing platform, Twitter has now said that the app will remain. But while the general purpose of the app will be retained, Vine’s social features will be heavily restricted.
In January, Vine will move to become a camera app. It will still offer the same basic functionality, allowing users to create short 6-second looping videos, but these will not be shared on a Vine-specific mobile or web platform.
Instead, there will be two options for any video that is created: content can simply be saved to a smartphone, or uploaded and shared to Twitter directly.
The change means that Twitter is offering Vine users a straightforward way of continuing to create short looping videos, although the company will no longer have to bear the costs of running a separate video network.