Vine gets hit with porn

Twitter's video release platform Vine works to clean up its act

WRITTEN BY: Reka Forgach
Twitter's new video release gets trashed
Image Source: Scott Beale via Flickr
Twitter's new video release gets trashed

Vine is a Twitter owned application, the company’s latest product that allows its users video-sharing capabilities. It is available on all Apple accessories and also features six-second hardcore porn clips.  Yes, like most popular video sharing equipment on the internet, Vine has to contend with the insidious tentacles of the dark underbelly of the internet that pose issues with the general public, but also with Apple, which has banned applications that provide users with access to sexual content.

Vine’s porn issue surfaced as one of the NSFW clips popped up as a favorite on the “Editor’s Pick” list, arguably one of the more visible categories on the platform.  Vine quickly removed the video and responded to their users in a statement to CNN, saying
"A human error resulted in a video with adult content becoming one of the videos in Editor's Picks, and upon realizing this mistake we removed the video immediately.  We apologize to our users for the error."

While generally a commonplace issue for internet video and photo platforms, the Vine must now decide how to police and curtail R-rated material from taking over their site a la ChatRoulette.  Other than tanking their reputation, any illicit content may end their agreement with Apple, the only source where Vine users can download the app.  The Vine app is already rated 12+ on iTunes for “infrequent/mild sexual content or nudity” however, since the outbreak Apple has left no comment or replies and Vine continues to blossom in usership.  This Monday it was the fifth most popular free app in the Aple App Store.

Meanwhile, Twitter is encouraging Vine users to flag any inappropriate content in an effort to curb #porn and #sex tagged videos, and keep their noses clean.  To those Vine users exploiting the app to disseminate trash, #SMH.

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