Porn no longer is the first thing that pops into my mind; it’s official I’m old. Ok let me explain myself. Yesterday I downloaded Vine a new micro video sharing app by Twitter. While I have only posted two videos (as of writing this post) I am excited over the apps potential, what exactly that potential is I have yet to figure out. Apparently others are way a head of me and according to Salon.com the app has been flooded with micro porn videos. What is disturbing to me is not that there is Internet porn at our fingertips but the fact that this idea of micro porn never crossed my mind.
I was under the impression that, only slightly less than thinking about food, I was supposed to be thinking about sex every seven seconds. Maybe in my mind I don’t equate sex and porn as the same thing. Maybe I still think about sex often and it is porn that has become passé? But how could I have missed such an obvious use of this app if I am thinking of sex every seven seconds? No doubt about it I’m old. It is now only a matter of time before the little blue pill will be showing up in my medicine cabinet.
Vine, Twitter’s new micro-video application, lets people share up to 6 seconds of video as an endlessly looping clip. Interestingly, 6 seconds is also how long it took for people to start using it to share porn.
Porn? On the Internet? Who would have thought.
And rather than flying under the radar, this spicy new content came to very public attention this morning when an explicit clip (it was tagged #dildoplay, let’s leave it at that) made its way onto Vine’s “Editor’s Picks” list. That means users who opened the application were automatically greeted with some very NSFW content.
Vine quickly issued an apology, but they may still be in hot water with Apple.
Vine is currently iOS-only, and Apple is notorious for its prudish policies around adult content; recently banning a popular photo sharing application because of nude photos, even after the app’s creator offered a fix to filter explicit images. Apple balked, claiming the content still violated their user guidelines.
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.
And Vine isn’t playing Internet porn cop, yet. Rather than booting adult content, they have started to monitor and identify explicit hashtags (most recently: #ass) that require a filter wall. The content remains accessible, but a warning screen lets you know what you’re in for.
It’s a surprisingly adult way to handle a microporn scandal. Surprising — and possibly influential.
If Apple lets Vine’s policy toward explicit images slide and continues to carry the app, it could signal a change in their own guidelines around adult content — and mean your smartphone is about to get a whole lot racier.