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Twitter apologizes over pornography video on its website

January 29, 2013

Twitter has apologised after pornographic footage was promoted as an “editor’s pick” on its new Vine video app.

The six-second video with “adult content”, which widely circulated pictures showed appearing under a warning screen, was promoted less than a week after the service launched.

Twitter blamed human error and said the video has been removed.

A spokesman said: “A human error resulted in a video with adult content becoming one of the videos in Editor’s Picks, and upon realising this mistake we removed the video immediately. We apologise to our users for the error.”

Photographs circulated on the social network showed a video posted by a user called NSFWVine – seemingly a reference to the “not safe for work” warning some Twitter users use when posting risque content. With “editor’s pick” in the corner, the cover screen said: “Warning. This post may contain sensitive content. Tap to view.”

Vine, which was launched last Thursday, is an app that lets users of the social network post very short films from their mobile phones.

Dick Costolo, Twitter’s chief executive, posted footage using the software through his @DickC account, showing him making steak tartar in a video that resembled gif-animated footage.

Twitter’s vice president of product, Michael Sippey, wrote on his blog: “Like tweets, the brevity of videos on Vine (six seconds or less) inspires creativity.”

Twitter issued a further statement saying: “Users can report videos as inappropriate within the product if they believe the content to be sensitive or inappropriate (e.g. nudity, violence, or medical procedures). Videos that have been reported as inappropriate have a warning message that a viewer must click through before viewing the video. Uploaded videos that are reported and determined to violate our guidelines will be removed from the site, and the user account that posted the video may be terminated.”

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