Twitter's Vine App Causes Apple Porn Problem

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Apple has a problem with porn. Alright; just let that sink in for a little bit, and we’ll revisit that statement in just a little bit. The new controversy in the world of Apple’s smartphone world is that an app called Vine, which is owned by Twitter, is coming under fire for allowing users to post pornographic content.

The video-sharing app has a long list of terms and conditions, but it doesn’t appear that sharing graphic content is one of them. Users can report videos as being inappropriate for young viewers, at which point any future user will need to click through a warning message in order to view it – but the video does in fact remain available for viewing.

Vine is a proprietary iOS app, and it has much fanfare surrounding it, especially because of the very tight connection between Apple and Twitter. So if Apple were to pull the plug on this app, it would be completely different than pulling an identical app from some unknown third party.

In fact, many apps have been yanked for offering the exact same kind of service as Vine.

So what is Apple’s porn problem? It is completely and utterly inconsistent. Apple’s App Store guidelines may be as clear as day, but the enforcement of them is subject to incredible amounts of corporate politics and critical response. Back when the App Store went its big “porn purge,” the stories were rampant about small indie developers being shown no mercy, while companies like Playboy were barely even questioned.

It seems the problem still exists. Vine is identical to a recently-pulled app called “500px,” which was full of user-generated content that – of course – ended up containing pornographic imagery. But so does Vine. Apple is being a hypocrite yet again.

Via The Verge

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