Vine is off to a rough start. Since making its public debut last week, the Twitter-owned video-sharing startup has been overrun by porn.
As The New York Times’ Nick Bilton tweeted, this weekend: “Friend: ‘So are people using Vine for porn yet?’ Me: ‘Nah, I don't think so.’ Friend: ‘Check the hashtag #porn.’ Both: ‘Holy ****!’”
“Where there's media, there's porn,” ReadWrite.com reasons.
Yet, making matters worse, a day after Gawker christened Vine "America's hottest new porn search engine," one explicit video actually made it to the top of the site’s “Editors Picks” feed.
A Twitter spokesperson later told The Verge: "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.”
Despite the media attention, however, TechCrunch doesn’t really think Vine’s porn problem is widespread. “It’s mostly penises right now … but it’s definitely problematic when apps like 500px are pulled from the App Store for similar infractions.”
As such, Web watchers are waiting to see how Apple handles its growing Vine problem.
“What will be interesting is Apple's reaction (or non-reaction) to the realization that gasp! there's naughty bits on one of the apps in their App Store,” ReadWrite adds.
“The truth is that Vine doesn't have a problem with porn, at least not one that isn't shared by any other social media app,” The Verge writes. “Apple has a problem: its App Store's puritanical, unevenly-enforced policies for adult content.”