Vine in trouble after porn shows up in Editors’ Picks

Written by Russell Co. Posted in News, Software and Apps

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Published on January 29, 2013 with No Comments

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Vine launched less than a week ago and it’s already in hot water with Apple’s App Store. A day after it launched it managed to get to the App Store’s highly sought after Featured Section. As with most social networks, nudity or porn has a habit of making an appearance, it’s just up to the app managers to find ways to clean it up. The problem was that a hardcore porn clip titled “Dildoplay” managed to get displayed in the Editors’ Picks section of the app. Twitter explains that it was a “human error” that caused the slip. As a result Apple removed Vine from it’s Featured Section.

The App Store has had a strict “no porn” rule, that it regularly enforces on other apps. Recently 500px, an image viewing app was removed from the store because nude pictures were easily searchable. It’ll be all up to Apple as to how they’ll react to Vine, but since Twitter has partnered up with Apple, it might be possible that the app simply goes on with a slap on the wrist.

Vine has quickly gotten on the problem and blocks most searches for pornographic terms. The usual #porn hashtag returns no results for now. It’s a start, but trying to clean up its NSFW material will be a long and arduous task that they may never fully complete. Users can still tag their Vines with pornographic hashtags and stumble onto other similarly tagged videos by tapping on the tags.