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After Trying To Hide It For A Year, Vine Bans Porn

    March 7, 2014
    Zach Walton
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Give the people a platform and they’ll make porn. It’s a central tenet of the Internet. With the rise of porn on any given platform, they will then have to make a choice – allow the porn or ban it outright. Vine tried to find a middle ground by hiding the porn from search, but still making it available to those willing to hunt it down. Unfortunately for them, Vine apparently didn’t find this middle ground all that appealing.

Vine announced today that it’s updating its rules to ban “explicit sexual content.” Going forward, all those six second videos of clown porn will no longer be allowed on the service. Vine says this change was made because it felt the videos were “not a good fit for [their] community.”

Perhaps expecting a backlash, Vine says that it actually doesn’t have a problem with porn. It would “just prefer not to be the source of it.”

Despite banning porn, Vine has found a kind of middle ground. Nudity will still be allowed, but it has to be presented in a non-sexual manner. Here are the kinds of nudity that’s a-okay on Vine:

  • Nudity in a documentary context, e.g. videos of nude protestors
  • Nudity in an artistic context, e.g. nude modeling in an art class
  • Nudity that is not sexually provocative, e.g. a mother breastfeeding her child
  • The line between artistic and pornographic nudity can be rather ambiguous sometimes. Vine will have to be careful when distinguishing between the two lest it become another Facebook that freaks out at the sight of a nipple.

    Image via Vine


    • http://mikecurleymusic.com/ Michael David Curley

      Vine is exciting for about three seconds of working out what it is, once, next…….

      Find moving gifs annoying as a fad anyway, which actually make longstanding websites look messy. So in terms of it users very much doubt many are on here. Same as audio that auto switches on, that came and went, same as USA Today, will end up changing the way those commercials and video’s come in. Pop up’s, and blockers all suck.

      That’s what herds are for on The Walking Dead.