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January 29, 2013

Twitter Bans Adult Content on Vine Video Sharing App

Twitter is tackling its porn problem on Vine.

The social network is banning searches for adult content on its new six-second video sharing app and is deleting users who have posted porn or other explicit content.

The move comes after a “human error” resulted in a sex clip being featured on its homepage Jan. 28 as an ‘Editor’s Pick.’

“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,” Twitter said in a statement issued to media outlets. “We apologize to our users for the error.”

Twitter launched the mobile service last week and the amateur porn industry quickly took advantage of an opportunity to offer short, suggestive snippets inappropriate for younger viewers.

Posters were tagging their clips with hashtags such as ‘#sex’ and ‘#porn’ to name some of the less suggestive titles.

Until this week, many explicit videos were simply being preceded by a warning message that a viewer had to click through before the video could be viewed.

But the ‘Editor’s Pick’ error caused such a user backlash — many threatened to stop using the app — Twitter has begun its purge of users like NSFWVine, the creator of the pornographic clip that appeared on the homepage.

Although the NSFWVine account seemed to be blocked from Vine Jan. 29, according to The Guardian, the user behind the account denied being blocked. The individual told The Guardian there is a viewership for X-rated content and it is up to Twitter to properly filter the content so only adult porn enthusiasts can access the clips.

Vine is still available for free from the App Store, although Apple removed it from its featured section. Apple has also rated Vine as suitable only for those 12 or older due to infrequent/mild sexual content or nudity and infrequent/mild mature/suggestive themes.

Vine was acquired by Twitter before its official launch for an undisclosed sum. The app is available on iPhone and iPod touch, and eventually will roll out on other platforms.

Vine is also available for use by those without Twitter accounts.