The Problems with Vine

There has been a lot of hub-bub about Twitter’s new video sharing app “Vine.”  If you’re not familiar with it, its basically an app that allows you to post a 6-second video that you’re able to edit with pauses in the video process.  I stopped by FOX 35 in Orlando to talk about Vine on-air and the problems with it. However, I’m really thinking its a problem with Apple more than a problem with Twitter.


The Twitter-owned app is currently an iOS-only app.  It also means since it is owned by Twitter, you cannot use it to post on Facebook.  The biggest problem right now is the power of porn.  Vine is now the bachelor pad of the week for XXX 6 second videos.  That’s right, folks are taping six-second videos of naked (or nekkid depending on the region of the country you live.)  Now, here’s where the troubles begin.  Recently Apple pulled a popular photo sharing application from its App Store called “500px.”  Apple’s very own ToS are very vague and sometimes confusing rules of Apple’s App Store guidelines.  Here’s from their actual guidelines:

Apple’s App Store Guidelines 18.2:

“Apps that contain user generated content that is frequently pornographic (ex “Chat Roulette” apps) will be rejected.”


Last week, it wasn’t too hard to find the dirty videos.  All you had to do was search “#porn” on Vine and boom, you got a small smorgasbord of six-second bites.  Matter of fact, a porn video even made it to the top of Vine’s “Editors Picks” before it was hastily removed.  The good news out of all of this is the power of the people.   Users can report videos as inappropriate within the product if they believe the content to be sensitive or inappropriate.  Vine has made some changes making it harder for users to find such videos, but as we all know, there are always work-arounds.  Apple decided to “hide the app as much as possible” on its App Store, however its already very popular: The fourth most popular free-app as of this writing.

When downloading Vine, it does say that the content is for 12+.  However, think of it.  Porn has no place for an app that my teenagers can quickly view.  So, the 100% way I can make sure that they don’t see it is for not to download the app.  But should I have to even worry about that? Then the actual question arises,  “Will Vine even be relevant a year from now?”  I don’t think its going to be.  I can upload video to Twitter right now.  It can be longer than six seconds.

This all goes back to something that I’ve said for years.  If you want any product, service or technology to skyrocket to the forefront of American culture, just get the world of porn to get involved.  Its an industry that takes advantage of tech.  If somehow we could get the Porn industry and Cancer research together, I guarantee you we’d have a cure by now.

Here’s my appearance on FOX 35
FOX 35 News Orlando

Rock forth, Mitch

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1 Comment on The Problems with Vine

  1. I notice a blonde whtite woman with straight blonde hair is doing the news now with two men. She is the only one left. The yong dark hired guy is gone, you, and the black girl.

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