So apparently nothing is sacred on the internet. If you build it, they will use for porn. Twitter’s new video sharing app seems to have become an unlikely portal for adult content, reports The Verge.
The problem was first noticed by a number of ordinary people using the app:
Friend: “So are people using Vine for porn yet?”Me: “Nah, I don’t think so.”Friend: “Check the hashtag #porn.”Both: “Holy ****!”
— Nick Bilton (@nickbilton) January 27, 2013
The app, which is currently only available for iPhone and iPod Touch, allows users to create and share six-second long video clips. It seems that just a couple of days after launch, it is playing host to male genitalia and various adult content taken straight off TVs and laptops. Searches for #porn, #sex, and other associated not safe for work words bring up videos mostly featuring men showing off.
This content it seems, is not expressly against the video sharing app’s terms of service:
“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,” says the ToS.
So essentially if users are comfortable to share something, they should share it.
Although a Twitter representative said that users can flag the undesirable content, if the content gets enough flags Twitter will add a warning before the video.
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.
Uploaded videos that are reported and determined to violate our guidelines will be removed from the site, and the User account that posted the video may be terminated. Please review the Vine Rules for more information on these violations.