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Twitter changes usage terms of Vine, bans pornographic material

updated 08:14 am EST, Fri March 7, 2014

Nudity banned in Vine clips, though artistic and documentary nudity spared

Twitter has updated its terms of service for video sharing app Vine, banning videos of sexual content. The change, which takes immediate effect, aims to stop users from posting adult content of a sexual nature on the service, but still allows for nudity in an artistic or documentary context to be displayed, and appears to be another attempt by the company to clean up the service.

A blog post notes "For more than 99 percent of our users, this doesn't really change anything. For the rest: we don't have a problem with explicit sexual content on the Internet - we just prefer not to be the source of it." ZDNet reports that users breaking the ban with existing content have been notified and have just one week to remove the content, with the ultimate threat of account suspension.

Vine web interface
Vine web interface


The new rules follow a similar change in policy by Tumblr last year, which blocked blogs dedicated to adult content from its internal search and from being indexed by third-party search engines. The Vine rule change is also thought to be an appeasement to App Store management, following the pulling of the app from the iTunes featured section in January for a poorly-chosen Vine Editor's Picks clip. The company quickly blocked searches for sexual terms, and later changed the age requirement of the app from 12 and older to 17 and older.

While the new rules immediately affect Vine, it apparently does not directly affect Twitter, though this could change in the future.




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