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Saturday 19 April 2014

Twitter video app Vine makes porn 'editor's pick'

TWITTER faces mounting criticism that its new video app for the iPhone, Vine, has a "porn problem" after a graphic clip was made "editor’s pick" on its home screen.

The new service was introduced only on Thursday and is designed to encourage Twitter members to share clips recorded on their smartphones "in a simple and fun way for your friends and family to see".



Widely dubbed “Instagram for video”, it extends Twitter’s 140-character ethos to video, with clips limited to just six seconds.







Over the weekend industry commentators complained that Vine was filling up with pornography, however.







The choice of a graphic clip of a sex act as “editor’s pick” today intensified the criticism, however. “Editor’s picks” appear on the home screen of the Vine app and are inserted into every member’s feed of clips.







“I now have to delete this app. I will not chance my family seeing this,” said Vine member Amy Mallory.







Twitter said the grpahic clip had been promoted in Vine because of "human error".







"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," a spokeswoman said.







"We apologize to our users for the error."







In response to initial reports of pornography on Vine over the weekend it said: “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.”







Apple policy does not allow pornography in the App Store and last week banned 500px, a popular photography app that had a “nude” category. Commentators have noted that pornography in Vine is similarly easily accessible via related hashtags.





Christopher Williams, Telegraph.co.uk

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