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February 2, 2015

Twitter’s Vine Launches App Just for Kids

Twitter-owned Vine has debuted a kid-friendly version of its six-second video app.

Dubbed Vine Kids, the iOS app chooses clips from the millions of Vine selections that are age-appropriate.

“We’ve seen for ourselves – and heard from parents, siblings and others – that kids love Vine,” Vine head of communications and marketing Carolyn Penner wrote in a blog post. “So, we built Vine Kids, a simple new app that gives young children a fun way to watch Vines.”

The videos features cute animated characters, fuzzy puppies and just about anything else that might appeal to a youngster.

It is easy for children to use as well. By swiping right or left, children can access new Vines and, when they tap the screen, they hear “quirky” sounds.

The idea for Vine Kids sprang from an office conversation in early January.

“One of my colleagues was talking about how much his two-year-old daughter loves Vine –– he said he wished there was a separate app she could use to more easily watch posts that are appropriate for kids,” Penner said. “That week happened to be Hack Week, a time when we get to work on projects outside of our day-to-day work. So two folks teamed up and built exactly that.”

The little girl who inspired the app can be seen here enjoying Vine Kids.

Vine has long had a problem with users posting content inappropriate for younger users. Last March it was forced to ban explicit sexual content, a problem the site has struggled with since its inception in January of 2013.

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


Jennifer Cowan is the Managing Editor for SiteProNews.