Twitter in Hot Water Over X-Rated Vine App
Twitter's new app has unexpectedly been ambushed with hardcore pornography.
The six-second video app, called "Vine", enables users to share short, looping videos with fellow Twitter friends, accidentally featured an x-rated video in one of their editor's picks. Unsurprisingly, this caused an enormous stir from the masses. The account user named NSFWVine, who is responsible for the outrage, uploaded more than 30 explicit videos to 500 followers last Tuesday morning before Vine had a chance to block him. After a public apology, Twitter is resolving the madness by attempting to ban explicit content and deleting X-rated users.
The user had said he had not expected his clip to be chosen in the editor's pick. In fact, NSFWVine is blaming Twitter and Vine, saying in an email, "Twitter/Vine should really take steps to make it possible to filter out and block such content, so it can be out of reach for children." He also defended his pornographic uploads, saying "I believe there are a lot of adults who would like the opportunity to share and view such content and I bet they have gotten a lot of app downloads because of the media attention regarding porn." Since the incident, the company has blocked searches for tags such as #porn and #nsfw to help in filtering mature content from users, but the negative attention led to this application being removed from the Apple App Store editor's picks on Monday.
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