Quoted: Porn on the Vine — will Twitter, Apple water it down?

“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 Twitter spokeswoman, as that “human error” compounded the brouhaha over porn on Vine, the video-sharing app Twitter launched last week. The app lets users share six-second video clips and has already become a go-to place for short but sweet pornographic clips. Vine is available on iPhones only so far, which raises questions about what famously anti-porn Apple is going to do. For example, Apple last week removed 500px, a popular photo-sharing app, because it was deemed to easy to find porn on it. (Revise) This just in: 500px is baaaack, with a 17+ rating in the App Store, says the Verge. (End revise) But Apple and Twitter have a cozy business relationship. And some, like Cult of Mac, point out that if Apple applied its anti-porn policy consistently and removed all porn-capable apps, Flickr and Tumblr (and probably quite a few other apps) would be gone. It’s true, it will probably be hard to weed out all the porn on the Vine, but Twitter is now reportedly blocking certain search terms. The censorship is somewhat ironic for a company CEO Dick Costolo has called the “free speech wing of the free speech party,” but it’s sex — such a touchy subject.

 

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  • andrew

    Blocking adult content is the fastest way to kill a product like this. Why do you think Tumblr is so popular? It’s not the cats.

 
 
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