Raunchy Vine videos prompt adult rating

February 6, 2013
A picture taken on December 4, 2012 in Paris shows the "Twitter" logo on a tablet screen. The propensity for people to post porn evidently prompted Twitter on Wednesday to stamp an adult rating on an updated version of its Vine video-snippet sharing software.

The propensity for people to post porn evidently prompted Twitter on Wednesday to stamp an adult rating on an updated version of its Vine video-snippet sharing software.

Concerns were raised about two weeks ago, after adult content was bared briefly in an "Editor's Picks" section at Vine.

Twitter apologized for the mistake, blaming "" but providing little detail, and quickly removed the video.

Vine, a service that lets people share from iPhones or devices, was launched in January by the globally popular one-to-many message sharing service.

Perpetually looping video clips, up to six seconds each, can be shared using Vine or easily embedded in "tweets" fired off at Twitter.

A new version of the free Vine application, available at Apple's App Store on Wednesday, required people to confirm they are at least 17 years old before they can download the software.

The adults-only rating cited "frequent/intense or nudity" along with "mild" realistic violence, crude humor, profanity and drug use.

Twitter did not respond to a request for comment.

Twitter bought Vine, a startup based in New York, in October, prompting talk the messaging service intended to do for smartphone video what Instagram did for pictures.

Twitter in December added Instagram-style smartphone photo sharing features after the Facebook-owned service made it impossible for Internet users to integrate its images into tweets.

Previously, Instagram pictures shared in messages tweeted from smartphones could be viewed unaltered at Twitter.

Explore further: Photo feud escalates between Instagram, Twitter

Related Stories

Photo feud escalates between Instagram, Twitter

December 10, 2012

A social media feud between Twitter and Instagram has escalated as the Facebook-owned photo-sharing service made it impossible for Internet users to integrate images from tweets.

Twitter adds Instagram-style photo features

December 11, 2012

Twitter on Monday added Instagram-style smartphone photo sharing features after the Facebook-owned service made it impossible for Internet users to integrate its images into tweets.

Yahoo! seeks slice of smartphone photo-sharing pie

December 12, 2012

Yahoo! joined the fray over smartphone photo-sharing Wednesday by making it more enticing for iPhone users to use its Flickr service amid a rift between Twitter and the popular photo app Instagram.

Instagram to share data with Facebook

December 17, 2012

Smartphone photo sharing service Instagram on Monday refined its privacy policy to clear the way for sharing data with Facebook, which bought the company earlier this year.

Vine video porn posts exposed

January 28, 2013

Twitter's iPhone video-snippet sharing service Vine had concerns about porn exposed on Monday after adult content was bared briefly in an "Editor's Picks" section.

Recommended for you

Power grid forecasting tool reduces costly errors

July 30, 2015

Accurately forecasting future electricity needs is tricky, with sudden weather changes and other variables impacting projections minute by minute. Errors can have grave repercussions, from blackouts to high market costs. ...

Microsoft describes hard-to-mimic authentication gesture

August 1, 2015

Photos. Messages. Bank account codes. And so much more—sit on a person's mobile device, and the question is, how to secure them without having to depend on lengthy password codes of letters and numbers. Vendors promoting ...

0 comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.