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Twitter apologises for Vine app's hardcore porn post

Was 'human error', apparently
Mon Jan 28 2013, 16:07

TWITTER'S VIDEO APP Vine is suffering from a backlash after users were greeted by hardcore pornography this morning when they opened the app to browse the "Editor's Picks" tab.

Vine issued a statement today apologising for the post, which it says was "a human error" and not done intentionally.

"A human error resulted in a video with adult content becoming one of the videos in Editor's Picks, and upon realising this mistake we removed the video immediately," a spokesperson for Twitter told The INQUIRER. "We apologise to our users for the error."

vine apologises for hardcore porn post in editors picks

Launched last week, Vine is an Instagram-like video sharing application that allows users to record up to six seconds of footage and share their creations with followers.

The explicit video appeared right at the top of the "Editor's Picks" tab on the app, a section that is supposed to feed the app's best and most original content uploaded by users for others to enjoy and comment on.

Though there was a warning message notifying users that the post "may contain sensitive content" and required them to tap it before it played, curiosity obviously got the better of some, who tapped it anyway, much to their disgust or amusement.

One Twitter user, @joshhemsley said, "Porn starting to fill up the @vineapp popular feed. See ya later Vine."

Another user, @MamatoRylie tweeted, "Vine using friends, any way to NOT get 'Editor's picks' in my feed? I just saw one that was totally gross and inappropriate."

However, not everyone was put off by the post. For example, @mikebodge tweeted, "Vine should embrace porn. I don't understand why Instagram is so PG."

And ‏@kevmarmol tweeted, "People are surprised that #vine is being used for porn obviously haven't spent much time on the internet #justsaying."

After launching less than a week ago, it could be argued that the post was deliberate, done for publicity to help spread the word on Vine. After all, some "editor" had to have approved the post before it went live. Can someone really be that stupid?

Either that, or perhaps it was the work of a crafty hacker in an attempt to bring the new social network to its knees before it had chance to show what it could do.

Whatever the reason for the post, we suspect that Vine can expect a knock on its door from Apple in the meantime. µ

 

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