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March 7, 2014

Twitter Bans Sexually Explicit Videos on Vine

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Twitter is taking the moral high road with video-sharing app Vine by banning explicit sexual content, a problem the site has struggled with almost since Day 1.

The social network, in a blog post, announced changes to the rules and terms of service of its six-second video-sharing app, adding that the modifications would not affect the lion’s share of its users.

“We introduced Vine to make it easier for people to find, watch, create and share videos right from their mobile phones,” the blog post reads. “As we’ve watched the community and your creativity grow and evolve, we’ve found that there’s a very small percentage of videos that are not a good fit for our community.

“For more than 99 percent of our users, this doesn’t really change anything. For the rest: we don’t have a problem with explicit sexual content on the Internet –– we just prefer not to be the source of it.”

Twitter, which launched the mobile service last January, has had to deal with the amateur porn industry taking advantage of its app from the get-go. Posters were tagging their clips with hashtags such as ‘#sex’ and ‘#porn’ to name some of the less suggestive titles, to make it easy for porn enthusiasts to find explicit content.

Within two weeks of launching, Twitter’s six-second video-sharing app became off limits to anyone under the age of 17.

The company even began banning searches for adult content — outlawing searches for ‘#sex,’ ‘#porn’ and other suggestive hashtags — and also began deleting users who posted porn or other explicit content.

Despite these efforts, some inappropriate content was still slipping through, necessitating the firm taking an even harder stance by changing its terms of service.

“If you’re curious to know what types of content are OK or not OK to post, you can take a look at this article in our Help Center,” the blog post reads.

“If you see a video that violates our updated policy, you can report it by tapping the button with three dots below the post and selecting ‘Report this post’.”


Jennifer Cowan is the Managing Editor for SiteProNews.