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Twitter’s social video app caught hosting Porn content

0125_vine_630x420Vine, the Twitter’s social video app that allows users to share six-second videos Instagram-style, was caught accidentally hosting Porn content. There have been previous complaints from users about pornographic content on the app, but it was only yesterday when the issue became a little more serious.

The issue infuriated when a porn video named ‘Dildoplay’ was accidentally marked as ‘Editor’s choice’. Twitter, however, has issued a statement claiming that the explicit video marked as ‘Editor’s choice’ on the app was merely a ‘human error’. Twitter has also apologized to its users for the inconvenience caused and has put explicit filters on the app.

“A human error resulted in a video with adult content becoming one of the videos in Editor’s Picks, and upon realising this mistake we removed the video immediately,” said Twitter. “We apologise to our users for the error.”

According to The Guardian, an account in the name NSFWVine was responsible for uploading pornographic content.

Vine’s terms do not ban the use of pornographic content, but Twitter has said that there would be filters in place that would flag objectionable content. Hashtags like #sex and #porn no longer return any results. Besides, users can now flag videos on the app as ‘Inappropriate’ if they find things like nudity, violence, or medical procedures. Whenever a user tries to access such videos, an inappropriate content warning would be displayed.

“Videos that have been reported as inappropriate have a warning message that a viewer must click through before viewing the video,” Twitter said in a statement to ABC News.

Though Twitter encourages free media, Apple has a strict no-porn policy. It was only last week, when it removed the 500-px photo sharing app from App Store. Steve Jobs, in 2010, said that there would be no place for porn on Apple. Those who want porn can go for Android.

Vine was listed on the App Store under ‘Editor’s picks’. And within hours following the disclosure, it was removed from the App Store. However, it’s back on the App Store after Twitter promised to filter the content on its social video app.

“The app was removed from the App Store for featuring pornographic images and material, a clear violation of our guidelines,” Apple’s Tom Neumayr said in a statement to ABC News. “We also received customer complaints about possible child pornography. We’ve asked the developer to put safeguards in place to prevent pornographic images and material in their app.”

Some tech-enthusiasts begrudge the fact that Apple decides what’s inappropriate for its users and what’s not. Though open-source media is a double-edged sword, a little bit of censorship is inevitable. Let’s not forget that Twitter is used by people of all ages. There shouldn’t be a constraint on who gets to join a social network, but there should definitely be some moderation on the type of content being hosted.

Our opinion: If the implication of open media is that anything and everything is freely accessible to anyone and everyone, there’s an expeditious need to rehash the rules of the game.