Monday, January 28, 2013

More Vine porn issues: Porn clip briefly made service's top Editor's Pick

Things are getting worse for Twitter and its new Vine app. While it was already noted that porn is starting to pop up on Vine, on Monday morning there was a far bigger issue. For a brief time on Monday, the current top Editor's Pick when you opened the Vine app was a pornographic clip.

The Editor's Picks are pushed to every Vine user. That means for a short period, everyone who was using the new video sharing app had that clip pushed to their app.

Vine is a Twitter app that was launched last Thursday. It allows people to share six-second looping video clips. However, as was noted over the weekend, sex-focused videos began showing up pretty quickly, and searches for #nsfw, #porn, and #sex bring up those types of results.

The porn clip was -- fortunately -- behind a NSFW filter. Twitter earlier said such clips would get those types of click-through warning stills.

Twitter admitted the error, quickly, and explained it, too: 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. We apologize to our users for the error.
That is all well and good, but Apple has banned apps from the App Store for less egregious content.

It remains to be seen if Apple will do anything in this case, but remember that Twitter is now tightly integrated into iOS, meaning the companies are partners. Whether or not that amounts to special treatment remains to be seen.

Apple CEO Steve Jobs once defended the App Store approval process, saying that "Folks who want porn can buy an Android phone." However, when making these sorts of blanket statements, Apple has always conveniently ignored the fact that Safari is just as good at browsing for porn, something even Apple fanboys bring up.



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