Vine App Struggles with Porn Problem

Vine, Twitter’s new video sharing app, has another problem at hand: a very NSFW problem. The New York Times columnist Nick Bilton reported through Twitter that Vine users can find nudity of various degrees and sex acts recorded directly from laptop screens just by searching for tags such as “#porn” and similar not-for-children hashtags.

Users can flag inappropriate content directly from the mobile app. If there are enough people flagging the video clips, the app adds a roadblock warning users of a NSFW clip ahead. Twitter has similar blocks for pornographic content and accounts, but apparently that has yet to become available on Vine.

“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),” wrote Twitter on its official statement sent to TechCrunch. “Videos that have been reported as inappropriate have a warning message that a viewer must click through before viewing the video.”

The company has a long-standing no-censorship rule, except in cases of illegality. Twitter has even put up country-specific bans, such as blocking anti-Semitic accounts and tweets in Germany and France.

Source: Nick Bilton, via TechCrunch

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