Since Vine, Twitter's video-sharing service, launched on Thursday, it's been plagued by all sorts of woes. We noticed that it lacks privacy settings and abuse prevention measures, Facebook prevented it from finding any friends through the social network, and now ... well, now pornographic content has slipped into Vine's "Editor's Picks" section.
Vine's a rather neat service, in theory. If you've got an iOS device, you can create and share Vine videos. All you have to do is point your iPhone (or iPod Touch) at something and press your finger to the screen to record a clip up to six seconds in length (both sound and motion are captured, of course). Once done, you can share it to Vine, Twitter and Facebook. You can also use the app to browse through popular videos and those featured as "Editor's Picks."
And that's where Vine's latest troubles appear. On Monday morning, a video shared by "nsfwvine" — an account created for the sole purpose of posting pornographic videos to Vine (hence the "Not Safe For Work" part of the name) — received the service's "Editor's Pick" badge of honor.
While the video did lose the "Editor's Pick" badge later in the morning, it was not removed from the service. Instead, it now carries a warning message declaring that the video "may contain sensitive content" and requires a tap to be viewed. (From what we can tell, this warning message is automatically added to videos which are reported as inappropriate by Vine users.)