Well, that didn’t take long. Just a few hours after Vine, Twitter's fledgling video app, hit the App Store, people are already using it to post porn.
A user by the name of Ass1892 has so far shared five six-second clips of people having sex under the #ass hashtag.
There's nothing in Vine's Terms of Service that outlaws sexually explicit content in a vine (the app’s term for its six-second videos), or any other type of content, for that matter. It states:
You are responsible for your use of the Services, for any Content you post to the Services, and for any consequences thereof. The Content you submit, post, or display will be able to be viewed by other users of the Services and through third party services and websites. You should only provide Content that you are comfortable sharing with others under these Terms.
Also, under the section titled "Content on the Services:"
All Content, whether publicly posted or privately transmitted, is the sole responsibility of the person who originated such Content. We may, but are not required to monitor or control the Content posted via the Services and we cannot take responsibility for such Content. Any use or reliance on any Content or materials posted via the Services or obtained by you through the Services is at your own risk. [. . .] You understand that by using the Services, you may be exposed to Content that might be offensive, harmful, inaccurate or otherwise inappropriate, or in some cases, postings that have been mislabeled or are otherwise deceptive.
However, Vine does provide a button under each video which allows you to "Report as inappropriate," just in case you see something that's a little too explicit.
So yeah, you can probably expect much, much more where this came (ahem) from in the very near future. There's perhaps already more out there, but it’s a bit tricky to find, because Vine's search function is currently limited to hashtags and people, rather than plaintext captions.
There's a public timeline for all vines as well, so you might be in for a nasty surprise as more explicit material shows up.
UPDATE: Or not: Vine seems to have caught wind of the #ass tag, letting the butt play remain—just with an all-black "Warning" splash you can click through.
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