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Vine launches private video and text messaging

Winkles are coming
Fri Apr 04 2014, 13:12

TWITTER HAS UPDATED its short form video messaging service Vine to offer users private text and video messaging.

"From Vine's early days, we recognised that there was a growing desire and need for private messaging on Vine. We've watched the community come up with some clever ways to send videos to their friends as we've been working on this solution," said the firm in a blog post.

"Now you can privately send Vine videos and text messages to your friends. You can even send videos to anyone in your address book, even if they aren't on Vine."

Private messaging opens the gates for nude content, of course, something that Vine tried to block earlier. Of course there are many reasons why people might want to send a private message, and they are not all skin-toned.

Vine has had something of a dinkle issue though, and installed an over-17 age requirement in its early days.

Twitter did not help its cause much by choosing a Vine poster of hardcore pornography as an editor's pick, and later had to apologise for the error of drawing attention to that particular content.

"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."

With regard to the latest Vine update, we read that you can send a private message to multiple people, with each conversation being treated individually.

Messages fall into two categories, one from people that Vine users know and one from people they do not.

Vine also added colour customisation options. µ


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