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Twitter’s Vine banned for under 17s after porn scare

Age rating follows rush of adult material
Wed Feb 06 2013, 11:43
Twitter has launched its vine video service for iPhones

JUMP-CUT SIX SECOND VIDEO OUTFIT Vine has changed the usage terms for its service, prohibiting those under 17 years of age from using it.

Vine was only recently embraced by Twitter and almost instantly it got drawn into the grubby world of pornography.

Twitter did not help itself here, and choose a clip of adult content as one if its "Editor's Picks". It has already apologised for its error.

"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."

Perhaps hoping to ensure that it never has to apologise again, the Vine app has a new addition to its terms and conditions of usage. That is a simple request, that you are over 17.

Apple's rules for adult apps prohibit a range of things that 16 year olds aren't supposed to think about. These include mild alcohol, tobacco and drug usage, sexual content or nudity, gambling, bad language, profanity, crude humour and violence.

Vine's earlier dalliance with adult material drew a lot of criticism. This is possibly because people had rushed into it, not realising that since it was on the internet and used by people it was probably going to fall into the gutter. µ

 

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