Twitter, Vine and Apple Work to Bring Porn Mainstream

Twitter, Vine and Apple Work to Bring Porn Mainstream image vine and porn 200x300Twitter, Vine and Apple Work to Bring Porn MainstreamPorn is Mainstream On Social Media Whether You Like It or Not

With a Twitter username like @EnviroBooty, I have had my fair share of run ins with users who block me or send me inane Tweets trying to figure out if I am indeed an eco-friendly porn star. I assure you I am not but I have been thinking a lot lately about porn, sex and social media and wondering when someone is going to just come out and say it. Humans are sexual creatures and right or wrong, online media gives adults, and unfortunately kids, free access to sex, smut and sluts 24/7/365.

Is it right? No.

Will it continue? Yes.

Twitter Unleashes Porn with Vine? Not

From Snapchat, to the now banned 500px, we humans have a way of finding ways to express our sexual selves in a myriad of ways online and off. This is not necessarily a bad thing except when minors are involved or when users are faced with inappropriate, unsolicited content.

In an easy to use app called Vine, Twitter recently unleashed what, on the surface, seems to be a marketing consultant and PR firm’s dream – think of the possibilities for virility in this new twitter territory. The iOS-only app, which allows users to upload 6 seconds of looping video to Twitter and other social networks, was featured in the App Store as an “Editor’s Pick” by Apple on its launch day.

I guess the “Editor” did not realize that initially after Vine was released, with a simple search of hashtags like #porn and #sex on Twitter, you could find all kinds of 6 second looping smut on Vine. Fortunately I had no luck finding the said smut and as Vine has already blocked the hashtag search for #porn, it looks as if Twitter may have performed their magic and is somehow blocking porn from Vine as well.

I am awaiting a reply from Twitter as to why Vine vids have fallen off of the charts for #sex and #porn.

Still, just because Twitter has unleashed Vine to iOS users doesn’t mean that the virtual world of Twitter is suddenly, finally, now invaded with porn. As I remember, it has been that way since the beginning. The problem I believe lies in the fact that Apple has not integrated its personalities into one comprehensive blanket rule for apps that promote porn.

Apple’s Multiple Personality Disorder

Apple’s multiple personality disorder when it comes to their guidelines leaves them to decide that 500px, a Canadian creation that allows people to share photos that might include naked bodies, should be banned (although still available for Android), yet Vine is acceptable because, um, well, why?

Apple’s App Store guidelines state “apps containing pornographic material, defined by Webster’s Dictionary as ‘explicit descriptions or displays of sexual organs or activities intended to stimulate erotic rather than aesthetic or emotional feelings,’ will be rejected.

So why is Vine still up and running?

Brands Are Hungry for Social Innovation and Possible Resulting Virility

Brands like Urban Outfitters and Red Vines are jumping on board and adapting their brand’s message to the 6 second Vine Vid platform hoping for a broader market reach in this uncertain economy and social networking wild west.

Still, as much as brands are all hot and bothered over the marketing opportunities with Vine’s 6 second looping vids, according to Ad Age Digital, digital agencies remain skeptical about Vine’s staying power and functionality.

“The app feels like it’s half-finished,” Ian Schafer, CEO of digital agency Deep Focus, said in an email. “It’s had tons of user-interface failures.”

Others applaud Vine’s video simplicity. The app is so easy I am confident even my mother could use it to make a video, and she doesn’t even know how to text.

Vine allows users to easily record video whenever their finger is pressed to their device’s screen and they can press as many times as they want until the total record time reaches six seconds.

But What About the Porn on Vine?

Obviously not every Vine user, and I dare say not even a large percentage, want to use Vine for their sexual proclivity.

A Twitter representative told CNET that Vine users can flag videos they find offensive and if clips receive enough complaints, Twitter will add a warning still to the beginning of the video that users have to bypass to see the clip.

Whether Vine has staying power or not, sex is here to stay and it is not Vine that needs to change it’s ideology, it is Apple and their schizophrenic reinforcement of their guidelines. Or maybe, we should stop blaming technology for what is a base, human need and instead find ways to protect minors and those who do not want to stumble upon a six second Vine vid for porn hub.

Just sayin’.

Sources: CNet, Info World, Tech Crunch, Ad Age

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