Last month, Twitter released a video-sharing app called Vine and just a couple of days after its release, the app became a huge hit among iOS users, which is the only platform that supports the app.
Everything was going so well, until the moment users realized they could include explicit content to their 6-second video clips. This wouldn’t have been so serious if Apple’s guidelines did not forbid pornographic material. Vine’s terms of service, however, do not.
The porn problem on the Twitter-owned video app occurred just a week after its release. The search on the app under common porn tags showed tons of video clips with explicit content. While Vine does not appear to forbid this kind of content, it still warns its users not to expose themselves and carefully choose the content they post. Basic Terms on Vine state:
“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.”
Vine’s response to the whole issue was putting a 17+age rating and blocking some of the most common used porn-related tags. When an iOS user wants to install the app, a warning pops up and requires confirming that you’re either 17 or older. This way, new users are aware of videos with questionable content.
But, how can this help preventing younger persons to view the explicit content on the video-sharing app? All they have to do is press the ok button and confirm they’re older than 17, even if they’re not. So, I would say, blocking the porn-related tags and the warnings which has been added at the beginning of each explicit video clip are somehow more helpful than the confirmation that pops up before installing the app.
The new update of Vine offers its users the option to share their short videos to Twitter, right after they’re posted on the app. Reporting posts by users may also help in reducing questionable content on the app.
Twitter obviously doesn’t want its video-sharing app to have the same destiny as 500px, which was removed from the Apple Store due to complaints about pornographic material, so immediately responded to its porn-related content issues.