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Wednesday 23 April 2014

Twitter censors Vine porn searches

File photo dated 27/12/10 of the logo of social networking website Twitter as they have launched their own video capture service today, with an app that will let users of the social network take and post short films using their mobile phones. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday January 24, 2013. The new service, called Vine, will allow users to take videos up to six seconds long and embed them into their tweets. The app is initially available free for the iPhone and iPod Touch from the Apple App Store but not yet for other platforms. See PA story TECHNOLOGY Twitter. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

TWITTER has begun censoring search results on its video sharing app, Vine, after a pornographic clip was made 'editor's pick'.

Searches for certain terms, such as "porn" and "sex", now return no results in Vine, after Twitter tweaked the service overnight.

However, since Twitter is filtering search terms, rather than the content itself, it will still be possible to find pornographic material that has been posted under a different hashtag.

Yesterday, a graphic clip of a sex act was made 'editor's pick' on the service, in a gaffe that Twitter later blamed on "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."

Vine, which was launched last week, 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 second loops.

In response to initial reports of pornography on Vine over the weekend Twitter 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.

By Christopher Williams, Telegraph.co.uk

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