Twitter's Vine Faces Heat With Porn Content Streaming

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By IBTIMES STAFF REPORTER | January 28, 2013 9:27 PM EST

Twitter’s new video sharing application, Vine has come under flak as it is being used to spread sexually explicit videos on the net. According to the reports, Vine - released on Jan. 24 - has already become a hub of porn and naughty videos irking the regular users.

Vine, like in the Twitter, lets the user explore various categories of videos in the platform with a hashtag. A search with #sex, #porn and related questionable slangs bring up graphic videos with explicit sexual content.

The simplicity of the application and the low level of security regulations has made it easier for the racy users to upload and spread pornographic content in Vine.  Some of the users apparently found the abode suitable for uploading their otherwise objectionable stuff.  

Besides, Twitter’s censorship-free policy and reliance on user-self regulation seems to have made it an attractive application to post inappropriate content. Twitter, which always refused to censorship of content, obliged to censor only when they were legally bound by specific country laws to do so.

Like the Twitter terms, Vine's terms of service, hold users responsible for the content they post.

“You are responsible for your use of the Services, for any Content you post to the Services, and for any consequences thereof. The Content you submit, post, or display will be able to be viewed by other users of the Services and through third party services and websites. You should only provide Content that you are comfortable sharing with others under these Terms,” Vine's Terms of Service (ToS) stated.

Although the Vine’s service statement emphasize that it will withdraw any post and terminate the user who violates the terms and conditions of the site, Vine’s terms and conditions do not explicitly bar users from posting graphic or sexual content.

Vine allows users to flag the content they find inappropriate. Twitter enables display of a warning message on such content, which a user must accede to prior to accessing the video file.

“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,” Vine ToS stated.  

This stance allows the objectionable videos to remain hosted in Vine as regulations are limited to giving a warning to the viewers that the content they are about to view contains sexual or graphic content.

Twitter is yet to reveal how many flags are necessary for an objectionable post to carry a warning.  

According to experts, the pornographic content would put Vine in trouble with Apple which has a very stringent and explicit ban on posting porn and graphic content in its applications. Last week, Apple reportedly disabled a photo sharing application called 500px alleging that searching nude photos were easy in the application.  

Meanwhile, Twitteratti are also busy debating the Vine’s porn problem with some of the users expressing concern over the development and wondering whether Apple will pull it off its devices.   

Henri Viiralt tweeted: "Vine is the newest porn search engine."

Tristan Mathers averred: "I hope #vine doesn't get pulled for people posting porn. They can't stop being from doing **** like this! I actually like the service."

Some users expressed their shock and dismay, albeit in a subdued tone though.

Anton Koekemoer ‏remarked: "Shocker. People are uploading porn to Vine."

NathanMaggard wrote: "So #vine is super-addictive. A good but for twitter (minus the copious amounts of #porn)."

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