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Vine Introduces “No Porn” Policy

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On Thursday, Match 6, 2014, Twitter rolled out Vine’s new “no porn” policy. Effectively immediately, the six-second video sharing site is porn free, or it will be in a week. Vine users whose accounts have been flagged as having sexually-explicit content have begun receiving notifications to comply with the new rules or lose their accounts.

In a company statement Vine says, “We don’t have a problem with explicit sexual content on the Internet –– we just prefer not to be the source of it.”

Vine is a favourite site among gay men and porn performers eager to show off in a six-second video. But it’s not a gay thing, everyone’s doing it on Vine, including a teenager who recently got dirty with a Hot Pocket (a microwavable pastry sandwich). His Vine video was pulled after it went viral.

After Facebook bought Instagram in a $1-billion buyout, Twitter picked up Vine in October 2012 and has wrestled with the issue of nudity and explicit sex on the site.

But Vine’s terms of service are now clear: “You may not post Content that: Is pornographic or sexually explicit.” Users may still post nudity as long as it’s not sexually provocative or explicit. So those Vine videos of you posing nude for your college art class are okay, just don’t wrap your fist around your Johnson, or put it in a Hot Pocket.

When Yahoo bought popular micro-blogging service Tumblr in May 2013, many worried that Yahoo would hit the delete button on porn, but so far Yahoo has only required that sexually explicit content be marked NSFW (not safe for work).

So what does Twitter’s no-porn policy change at Vine mean for Twitter itself? Is this a first step in de-porning Twitter? No one at Twitter is saying, so we’ll have to wait and see.

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