Vice Media shuts down Thump amid international layoffs

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  • The company is moving towards video content as it focuses more on global expansion.
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  • Vice has closed Thump, its electronic music-oriented website. The news came as part of a wave of layoffs across the company. As Variety reports, the media company let go 2% of its staff in the US, Canada and Europe on Friday, or about 60 employees. The company plans to grow its video production—both scripted and unscripted—and is opening new offices in Mumbai and Dubai, as well as increasing staff in other countries. Thump launched in 2013 as a dedicated space for journalism about electronic music and dance music culture, encompassing both mainstream EDM and underground music. Editor Michelle Lhooq confirmed Thump's closure, tweeting that a story about Arca's boots was the "final post ever." Electronic music and nightlife content will move over to the main Vice platform.