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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The discovery of porn on Vine caused great gnashing of teeth and many blog posts across the InterWebs, because who can resist putting the word porn in a headline? Also, there’s the kids to think about.

Twitter’s response? It banned certain naughty words from Vine searches. On Monday, for example, you could search for Vines tagged #NSFW. Today you can’t. But the videos themselves are still there. (Also, you can still use Twitter Search to find videos Vine users have posted using these hashtags.)

Is this a good solution? Hardly. It just makes it a teensy bit harder to find the nasty stuff, just as Google’s recent tweaks to image search mean you’ll have to click your mouse a couple more times to get to the goods.

Now, I’m no prude. I think if you want your porn delivered to your smart phone in endlessly looping six second bursts, that is your right as an American citizen. The second biggest reason Al Gore invented the InterWebs was to give the people copious means of achieving self pleasure. The biggest reason? Cute cat videos. And, of course, Vine allows for both

But lumping the sex kittens in with regular kittens is stupid. If you want to enable home-made porn, create a second app devoted to it called Grind or Hind or something like that. Don’t put it right next to the adorable babies and sock monkey videos where my 14-year-old can find them.

The biggest problem with Vine isn’t porn, in my opinion. The biggest problem is that Vine has no friggin privacy or spam controls whatsoever. You can’t block someone from following you. You can’t make some Vines private or visible to only certain users. You can’t report an abusive profile or keep someone from trollling your posts with nasty comments. Everything is wide open, sort of like Twitter was when it launched in 2007.

Have we learned nothing in the nearly six years since then? Or is Twitter so focused on building up a user base for its new app that it simply doesn’t care?

I've asked the Vine folk for a response. I’ll update this post if I hear back.

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