Was Vine designed with porn in mind?

Twitter's new video-sharing service is catching heat for hosting naughty content -- but that was clearly part of the plan all along.

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock – or you’re just so upset with Beyonce’s inauguration lip synching you just can’t get your head around anything else -- you may have noticed that Twitter debuted a new video-sharing service last week called Vine. Since then life as we know it has not been the same.

Vine is essentially Instagram meets GIFs. Point your iPhone camera at something, tap the screen a few times, and create a six-second stop-action video clip of anything you feel like, which you can then post to Vine.co, Twitter, or Facebook. My 14-year-old daughter took to it instantly, producing brief clips of our pets, stuffed animals in blenders, and the mysteriously evaporating glass of Guinness in front of her father.

Immediately Vine became the thing to do for 15 minutes. Sites like Vinepeek and Justvined sprang up so lazy people could watch what other people were -- what is the appropriate made-up verb for this? – Vining, I guess. 

About 12 minutes after that Vine became liberally sprinkled with DIY porn.

Oh my god, porn? Really? No. You’re kidding. What a shock. Woulda thunk it?

Well, practically anyone with at least one working cranial lobe. Twitter certainly must have planned for it. Otherwise, how did they manage to come up with this splash screen equivalent of a plain brown paper wrapper:

This isn’t something you can add yourself to your Vine posts; it has to be done by someone at Twitter. Which means that someone at Twitter is screening these videos (or enough other users have tagged them as “inappropriate”). Either way, the influx of porn can’t be any surprise to anyone at Twitter, which is kind of shocking in its own way.

Remember, this is an iPhone app we’re talking about. Yes, it may be the Age of the Celebrity Slut to you and me, but back in App Store land it’s still Leave It to Beaver time. (“Gee, Ward, isn’t it time you had the talk with Wally about girls?”) I can’t believe Apple hasn’t banned this app yet, the way it just did with photo sharing app 500px. I can only imagine there are a lot of tense phone calls transpiring between Cupertino and Twitter’s HQ as I write this.

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