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Vine Apologizes After Adult Video Featured as "Editor's Pick"

January 29, 2013  |  4:00pm
Vine Apologizes After Adult Video Featured as "Editor's Pick"

It appears that Twitter has continued to address the recent incident involving porn on its new video-sharing app, Vine, by making it difficult for users to search for porn using related hashtags, according to CNN.

As of Tuesday, hashtags such as #porn, #nude, #sex and #naked no longer deliver search results when selected. While the change has made it harder to find such material on the app, the pornographic content is still there.

Within days of its launch Twitter’s new app, Vine, found itself amidst controversy Monday when an “Editor’s Pick” video made its way to the top of many users’ mobile feeds.

The problem? It was a six-second video described as being ‘hard-core’ pornography, which led to user complaints that such a post was promoted on their feeds.

Twitter removed the post the same day and in a statement to The Verge said the following about the incident:

“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.”

Besides the obvious embarrassment, it has been noted that Vine’s porn problem could force Apple Inc. to make a decision. The technology company is currently the only one that offers Vine’s mobile app in their app store. And as recently as last week, Apple had already banned an app for giving users access to sexual content. So far, Vine remains in the App Store but has been removed from the store’s “Editors’ Choice” section, according to Business Insider.

Vine is an iOS mobile device social networking app which allows users to post six-second videos that are searchable using hashtags.

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