Not even a week has passed since Twitter unveiled Vine, a new video sharing app, and it looks like it has already developed a naughty reputation.
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Vine made its way into App Store on Thursday and allows users to create clips six seconds long for sharing to the masses adrift on the interwebz. But just like everything else on the internet, the app is susceptible to the human condition, which is the need for gratification. While not everyone can afford a subscription to websites that offer visual-aids of the pleasuring kind, many flock to photo and video sharing sites for a free dose of happiness.
It was only a matter of time before people started using Vine for “other motives” than sharing typical happy-birthday video messages. A quick search for questionable hashtags does return several results, but whether they’re a form of exhibitionism, or just some people trolling is yet to be determined, although we think that it may be both.
Twitter, the bastion of freedom of speech has always maintained that the user was responsible for the content (tweets) they put out on their pages, but only recently chose to censor tweets on a country-specific basis. In fact, an excerpt from Twitter’s own ToS says:
“You are responsible for your use of the Services, for any Content you post to the Services, and for any consequences thereof. The Content you submit, post, or display will be able to be viewed by other users of the Services and through third party services and websites. You should only provide Content that you are comfortable sharing with others under these Terms.”
While Twitter won’t come running after you with a censorship bat, Apple on the other hand might not take to these new developments kindly. Apple’s ToS regarding apps is very clear on the matter "apps containing pornographic material, defined by Webster's Dictionary as 'explicit descriptions or displays of sexual organs or activities intended to stimulate erotic rather than aesthetic or emotional feelings,' will be rejected."
In fact, recently, Apple removed the 500px app simply for hosting photographs which Apple deemed pornographic instead of artistic. So we wouldn’t be surprised if Vine is pulled off the app-store as well, so if you need to have this app, better grab it before it’s gone.
Download Vine from App Store here.