‘Human error” helps porn make its way to the top of Vine’s Editor’s Pick

By , Jan 28, 2013

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You probably heard that Twitter last week launched a brand new app, Vine, which lets you share short six-second clips. You also may have read an article laying out how Apple pulled the 500px photo sharing app (it’s much like Instagram on steroids minus low-res pet and food snaps) because its built-in search could expose users to nude images. If Apple wants to stay true to its form, then it could as well yank the Vine app from the App Store because the blogosphere lit up this morning with reports of Vine inadvertently recommending pornographic content which surfaced in users’ stream upon launching the app…

As reported by TechCrunch, adult videos were briefly highlighted in Vine’s Editor’s Pick section and as such presented to users.

The top featured pick on my home feed, and on the feed of many users (if not all) judging by Twitter, is a porn video. Labelled “Editor’s Pick.” That’s a problem. Even with the fact that you have to click to make the video actually play, that’s a problem.

It’s puzzling that an adult video with the hashtag #dildoplay got to the top of the feed.

The Verge reached out to Twitter, which attributed the slip up to a “human error”:

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. We apologize to our users for the error.

The offending clip has since been removed so your feed should be SWF again, but the controversy certainly remains.

From Apple’s App Store Review Guidelines:

• 18.1 Apps containing pornographic material, defined by Webster’s Dictionary as “explicit descriptions or displays of sexual organs or activities intended to stimulate erotic rather than aesthetic or emotional feelings”, will be rejected

• 18.2 Apps that contain user generated content that is frequently pornographic (ex “Chat Roulette” Apps) will be rejected

Apple wrote back to the 500px app developers to acknowledge it removed the program over “featuring pornographic images and material, a clear violation of our guidelines”. Additionally, the company has felt compelled to make the move because it received customer complaints about possible child pornography.

Apple typically asks developers to put safeguards in place to prevent pornographic images and material in their app so clearly Twitter either did a lousy job here or a member of Vine’s review team skipped on his daily dose of caffeine.

Porn in Editor’s Pick, of all places?

Wanna bet how long until Vine disappears from the App Store?

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