Twitter’s Vine Burdened with Porn

January 29, 2013, By Sanjeev

When Twitter launched its new app, they thought it would be something users would appreciate. Looks like the microblogging site’s users appreciate it a bit too much; maybe even more than what Twitter would have expected.

Twitter’s Vine Burdened with Porn

The six-second video app, Vine, seems to have transformed into a porn hub, and that too mere days after it was released. The app lets users create and share six-second clips, and is available for use on iPhone and iPod Touch.

Now the app is brimming with sexually explicit content. NYT’s Nick Bilton tweeted:

Friend: “So are people using Vine for porn yet?”Me: “Nah, I don’t think so.”Friend: “Check the hashtag #porn.”Both: “Holy ****!”
— Nick Bilton (@nickbilton) January 27, 2013

Vine’s terms of Service doesn’t say anything against posting pornographic or sexually explicit content. Explicit videos can be flagged down by users if they deem it to be too offensive to their tastes; moreover Twitter can add a warning notifying users to skim over a video clip if it has got too many of complaints.

While the app doesn’t ban pornographic, there is a system in place for illegality. For example, a content that is illegal in one country won’t be available in that country, but will be up for viewing everywhere else.

It is not clear as to how Vine hopes to sweep their app clean of such obscenity. And it would take a lot of sweat to deal with something that is so widespread in the net world.

Moreover, the way the app works makes it a breeding ground for pornographic material. The app can create high quality videos of anything on-the-go, so creation and sharing of content, which can be easily searched through hashtags, makes it a perfect spot for breeding porn.

A Twitter spokesperson issued the following statement to TechCrunch regarding the porn problem of Vine:

“Users can report videos as inappropriate within the product if they believe the content to be sensitive or inappropriate (e.g. nudity, violence, or medical procedures). Videos that have been reported as inappropriate have a warning message that a viewer must click through before viewing the video.

Uploaded videos that are reported and determined to violate our guidelines will be removed from the site, and the User account that posted the video may be terminated. Please review the Vine Rules (http://vine.co/terms) for more information on these violations.”

Another problem that Vine would have to encounter is with Apple’s App Store. Apple’s Store policy guidelines makes it perfectly clear that “apps containing pornographic material, defined by Webster’s Dictionary as ‘explicit descriptions or displays of sexual organs or activities intended to stimulate erotic rather than aesthetic or emotional feelings’, will be rejected”.

So, if Twitter and Vine cannot pull the plug on their erotic content, then surely Apple would slash them off their Store shelf.



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