Twitter's Vine Video App Enacts Age Restriction Amid Criticism for Porn

Reacting to Proliferation of NSFW Video Snippets

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Vine, the social video application that rocketed up the App Store charts when it was first released two weeks ago, has enacted an age minimum for users. All new users and existing users who try to update to the latest version of the app, now must be 17 years old.

Or perhaps more accurately, they must identify themselves as 17 years old. When attempting to download the app for the first time or upgrade to the 1.0.5 version of the app, users are sent a push notification asking them to confirm they are 17 or older.

The new age restriction is presumably a reaction to criticism that users were uploading hardcore pornography to video-based social network. Previously, the app was rated for user 13 and older.

According to the iTunes App Store, the updated age requirement was enacted on Wednesday, Feb. 6. However, this reporter was delivered the age confirmation notice when he attempted to upgrade the app late Tuesday night.

Vine's terms of service were not immediately updated to reflect this change. As of late Tuesday night, the terms of service had last been updated on Jan. 21

Twitter, which acquired Vine last month, did not immediately return a request for a comment.

Soon after Vine was acquired, brands started experimenting with six-second video tweets. But it also quickly became known for NSFW content. Comedy Central's Jon Stewart wasn't surprised: "Every time this is a human advancement, it is used almost immediately, for porn."

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