Archive for January 28th, 2013

Hardcore Porn is Chosen as “Editors Pick” for New Twitter Video Service “Vine” and Gets Huge Exposure. Twitter Insists It Was Not Intentional, But a “Human Error”


A hardcore porn video was “showcased in the prominent Editor’s Picks section” of Vine today, the new Twitter mobile app. Wow. That didn’t take long! The app was only released last Thursday. Vine allows users to upload and share 6 second video clips, which of course sadly means the service will be flooded with porn in no time, unless it is strictly monitored 24/7 for porn by the owners, which no service has ever done, as far as we know.

Of course Twitter has apologized and said it was a mistake, but we have our doubts. This news story is all over the media, and all of the exposure will drive many people to check out Vine who hadn’t yet heard of it.

So, do you think this was an honest error or a cheap publicity ploy? Hopefully the latter… In any case, please let us know if you’ve used Vine, what you think of it, and if you’ve seen porn on that platform so far, and what the result was if you reported it. Thanks! 🙂

[CNN] — Perhaps it was a foregone conclusion, what with the Internet’s proven ability to turn any new technology into a platform for showing naked people.
But Twitter’s new video-sharing app, Vine, is under scrutiny after early adopters started using it to flash six-second porn clips to the app’s users and to the larger Twitter community.

It’s an issue that has Twitter scrambling to appease concerns. And it’s raising questions about how Apple, the only place where smartphone users can currently download the app, will respond after recently banning other apps that provide access to sexual content.

The issue gained attention Monday when Vine users noticed a video of what was described as hard-core pornography showcased in the prominent Editor’s Picks section of the mobile app.

Users took to the comment section of that video to complain. Twitter apologized Monday, saying it was a mistake.

“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,” the company said in a statement sent to CNN. “We apologize to our users for the error.”

Released Thursday, Vine is a Twitter-owned app that lets users create and share videos lasting up to six seconds. As with photo-sharing app Instagram, Vine users can follow other people, whose posted videos show up in a feed on their phones or can be shared on Twitter and Facebook. The app is currently available only for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

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