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Vine star Logan Paul reacts to shut down of the app

Logan Paul, social media star and actor
Logan Paul, social media star and actor

The love story between social media star and actor Logan Paul and Vine is over.

Twitter, which owns Vine, announced Thursday that it would discontinue the short-loop video platform.

The 21-year-old star, who, along with his brother and frequent collaborator Jake Paul, built a massive following on Vine, has already moved on.

"Honestly it's sad, but I can't say I didn't see it coming," Paul tells CNBC. "I think it was clear. All the Vine creators, we knew our home, the place we started on was slowly reaching a plateau. I felt like it was sort of inevitable at a certain point."

Over the past few years, Paul garnered some 9.4 million followers on the platform. His viral videos showcased him jumping over moving cars, yelling in book stores, leaping into piles of slush and more.

His Vine popularity spread to other platforms, prompting Paul to drop out of college to pursue a career in entertainment.

But while Vine previously worked for him and other social media stars, it had recently lost traction, according to Paul.

"I don't know what the reasoning was, but in our guts, like again, sadly, something about Vine stopped clicking," he says.

In fact, he had been posting infrequently to Vine over the past year, favoring other platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.

"You really do need to be 360 in this industry." -Logan Paul, social media star and actor

Paul says that Vine's end will not impact the way he does business or connects with his fans.

"I found new ways to connect with my fans," he says. "So Facebook for example, I have 13.1 million fans there. On Instagram, I have almost 7 million."

While the demise of Vine means one less platform on which he can work with brands, the social media star says he's sanguine about the new reality.

"I believe you really do need to be 360 in this industry," he says. "And being just a Vine creator was not my goal."

Paul says he loves all the platforms equally, but he did mention Twitter as a favorite way to connect with fans.

"I want to expand and conquer every platform, every medium as well as pursue entertainment beyond social media — acting, producing, and directing," he says.


On what's next

"I want to find the intersection between digital media and traditional media and be pioneering the endeavor to merge the two worlds," Paul says.

Paul recently released a movie on YouTube Red called "The Thinning" and is working on another project called "Airplane Mode." It will feature 30 of the internet's biggest social media stars.

"We shot it and it's in the edit. It will come out next year," he says. "We want it to be the 'Airplane' of this generation."