Vine No Longer Permits Porn or Sexual Content

vine-appIs Twitter next?

Vine, the short-form video app owned by and closely connected to Twitter since late 2012, announced this week that porn and explicitly sexual content are no longer allowed on the platform. Specifically, their new rules state the following:

Pornography and Sexually Explicit Content: You may not post content that is pornographic or sexually explicit—even if it is of yourself or marked as sensitive.

That is pretty clear, and a very parent-friendly corporate stance. In a related blog post, Vine states the following:

For more than 99 percent of our users, this doesn’t really change anything. For the rest: we don’t have a problem with explicit sexual content on the Internet –– we just prefer not to be the source of it.

For most users, it is not apparent that Twitter itself is home to a lot of porn and adult content. It is. If you don’t follow users who are posting it, you are not likely to see it – modesty prevents “average” folks from sharing the raciest content.

For parents, if your kids are using Vine to share short videos, this change should be welcome. It will be interesting to see whether Twitter moves in a similar direction.

 

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