Vine No Longer an App Store Editor’s Choice and Vine Filtering Out Porn Keywords

Reactions to Vine’s little porn problem has been pretty swift. Not being pulled from the App Store, not with Twitter as a partner in iOS, but Vine isn’t an Editor’s Choice in the App Store and Vine is taking steps to try to make it harder to find porn through the app.

It seems that the #dildoplay video that was picked as an “editor’s choice” was done through human error (according to Twitter via TechCrunch). I’m not sure (and neither is TC) how that could happen, but okay. However, Apple, feeling a little bruised with an app in a full-fledged porn debacle going as an Editor’s Choice, decided Vine shouldn’t have that kind of attention.

Smart move.

In a “closing the barn doors after the horses have gotten out” step, Vine is now, according to The Verge and TC, censoring obvious porn-related tags from search results. Tags like #nsfw and #pornvine were working a short time ago (but could go away anytime now).

Really the problem here isn’t this problem that Vine is having. Heck, Twitter has the same issues. Search Pinterest for nsfw and you’ll find all kinds of stuff. The problem is that Apple came down in a heavy handled way on 500px (granted there were concerns about child porn, which is unacceptable in any way shape or form), all the while giving a wink and an nod to other apps that are (and remain) approved.

Maybe a good discussion about how Apple approves apps that have this kind of potential (through no fault of the app) can be better managed. Parental controls on searches? Better warnings?

Cause let’s face it, porn has been around since we could draw on cave walls and it isn’t going away any time soon. Apple has to just accept that reality and find good ways to manage it.

Via: TechCrunch and The Verge

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  • Alex

    What was on Vine went far past Twitter, YouTube, the old pasties Apps or Cave Walls. The fact that Apple’s Featured editorial decisions pushed millions of Users to this App didn’t help.