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Twitter apologises for Vine free porn video gaffe

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Social networking giant Twitter has issued a public apology after its new video clip sharing service, Vine, featured a free porn video as one of its daily ‘Editor’s Picks’.

Sparking widespread public anger, Twitter’s new Vine video sharing site, which was officially launched last week, has come in for criticism after a six second free porn video appeared on the service’s home screen, flaunting adult content at the top of many users’ feeds.

Tagged as an ‘Editor’s Pick’ video, Twitter has blamed “human error” for the free porn video clip being displayed on users’ feeds as the company’s new video sharing service is widely knocked for its barrage of unfiltered adult content. Although featuring no viewing block, the porn video was covered by a warning notice.

Although the micro blogging behemoth responded to complaints by removing the pornographic video from its Editors Pick section, the adult themed gaffe had already ranked on the service’s ‘Popular now’ feeds thanks to word spreading quickly between users.

"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," an official Twitter spokesperson said in a company statement. "We apologise to our users for the error."

Although the most high-profile porn video on Twitter’s new Vine offering, the Editor’s Pick snippet is far from the only adult themed video to appear on the video sharing service which allows users to upload video clips up to six seconds in length.

Generating widespread concern amongst early adopters, Vine has been found to be brimmed with six second porn videos with users reporting clips ranging from hardcore sex scenes to stop motion strip videos and more beyond. Allowing users quick access to this adult themed content, many of the Vine porn videos have been partnered with the hashtag #porn.

Covering its back against consumer backlash, Twitter warns users when signing up to Vine of the potentially explicit content within. "You may be exposed to content that might be offensive, harmful, inaccurate or otherwise inappropriate,” the site’s users agreement states.

"All Content, whether publicly posted or privately transmitted, is the sole responsibility of the person who originated such Content,” Vine’s terms and conditions add. "We may, but are not required to monitor or control the Content posted via the Services and we cannot take responsibility for such Content."

Have you already signed up to Twitter’s new Vine video service? Have you been offended by the amount of adult content on show? Let us know via the Trusted Reviews Twitter and Facebook feeds or through the comment boxes below.

Via: BBC

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