Threat Level – Very High

Vine is a mobile app by Twitter that enables its users to create and post short video clips. Video clips created with Vine have a maximum length of six seconds and can be shared on a variety of social networking services, such as Twitter or Facebook. Vine was founded by Dom Hofmann and Rus Yusupov in June 2012. Colin Kroll joined Vine as CTO in July 2012. The company was acquired by Twitter in October 2012 and debuted on 24 January 2013 as a free iOS app on the iPhone and iPod Touch. Twitter is working on bringing the app to other platforms.

Less than a week after its debut, pornographic video clips started appearing on the service. Pornography is not forbidden by Twitter’s guidelines. One sexually explicit clip was featured as an “Editor’s Pick” in the Vine app, which Twitter blamed on “human error”. On February 5, 2013, Twitter raised the minimum age limit to 17 years of age, from 12, to download the application.

Nonetheless, the app can be applied to other fields such as journalism. For instance, a Turkish journalist has successfully captured the aftermath of the suicide bombing outside the U.S. embassy in Turkey on February 1st, 2013.

The BBC has deemed aggregates of Vine “mesmerising”, and notes not only that advertising agencies have been quick to seize on Vine’s potential, but that stop motion animation is alive and well.

I gave this app a very high threat level due to it being a 17 year and older age requirement download, and being that it allows explicit videos and also sexual content related videos

This app is similar to Instagram, but used for videos. The editors picks are public and easily viewable and sometimes seems on the edge of inappropriate. (Why the Editors would want to do that I have no idea, but they do)

Green, mint, mint green, v. V

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