No sooner did Twitter announce its latest video-sharing app Vine that some users have started sharing pornographic content on it. While Vine’s terms of service make no specific mention about disallowing sharing of sexually explicit material, the catch is that Apple’s App Store’s guidelines don’t welcome such stuff.
Users have already begun uploading videos featuring male genitalia and clips from porn videos on to the site, with the hashtags porn, sex and other similar words. Even though Twitter may believe in the freedom of expression, given how it has kept away from censoring tweets, Vine does have a provision for users to flag content they find offensive. According to a representative from the company, “Uploaded videos that are reported and determined to violate our guidelines will be removed from the site, and the user that posted the video may be terminated”.
The main question everyone’s asking is what impact it will have on the app’s success. Given how strict Apple is against allowing any apps with pornographic content on their App Store, how exactly does Twitter plan on meeting the App Store guidelines on Vine? The company was in the news recently for removing the app 500px because it reportedly let users search for and find naked bodies on its photo-sharing platform.… Read the rest
In an entirely surprising turn of events, Thursday saw microblogging social network Twitter launching its own video app, Vine. Users can capture short videos of up to 6 seconds’ duration and run it on loop using this app. As of now, this app is available only for iOS users – so iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users can download and use this app currently.
In keeping with Twitter’s theme of brevity, this app is also aimed at inspiring creativity among its users. According to a blog post by Twitter, Vine’s posts are about abbreviation, shortening something longer.
However, moments after Twitter announced this new app, privacy concerns began to get raised. Some users reported that they were able to view other users’ private contact information when they logged into the app, including e-mail addresses and phone numbers. This issue led Twitter to disable Facebook sharing shortly after the app’s launch.
Twitter later stated that the issue was caused due to a bug which caused accounts to get cross-wired. However, the company denied reports that users were able to post content from others’ social accounts due to this bug.
Twitter recently acquired Vine, possibly to compete with Google’s giant video-sharing social network, YouTube. But the real question is if it will find as many takers and spell success for Twitter.… Read the rest