Vine Now Rated R - Age Restriction Raised to 17 after Porn Controversy

By Rachel Ramsey February 06, 2013

Vine made a splash into the app and social media world just two weeks ago, allowing users ages 12 and up to create six second videos with stop motion capabilities. The app was rolled out by Twitter, enabling users to easily view the media directly from tweets as well as on the app itself.

Unfortunately for both Twitter and Vine, the app has already run into some controversy. A pornography video showed up in the service as an editor’s pick last week, which also became the top featured pick on home feeds. Twitter responded to the scandal saying, “A human error resulted in a video with adult content becoming one of the videos in Editor’s Picks, and upon realizing this mistake we removed the video immediately. We apologize to our users for the error.”

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As a result, Vine recently updated the app with v1.0.5, warning users about age-restricted material and requiring them to confirm their age of 17 or older before downloading. Other updates in the release include minor bug fixes, the option to share on Facebook or Twitter after a video has been posted and a feature to report or block users.

Image via The Verge

Mashable hit it right on point with its recent nine things to change about Vine. Though the service has opened up doors to a new creative outlet, there is still a lot of room for growth. One of the biggest things it’s missing is the ability to save content mid-Vine, which would allow users to take time to create quality content and six second videos.

Despite the minor misstep in the app’s first weeks, don’t expect Vine to disappear. Twitter CEO Dick Costolo recently told The Wall Street Journal he considers Vine “the next thing,” and he hopes for Twitter to reach one billion users. The site passed 500 million users in June last year, so we’ll see how much longer it takes to reach that golden number.




Edited by Jamie Epstein

TechZone360 Web Editor

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