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Twitter’s Vine Video App Adds New Age Restriction to Protect Our Youth

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… (read more by clicking the headline)Twitter, which acquired Vine last month, did not immediately return a request for a comment…more – click headline for full story

 

By Abbe Sparks

Abbe Sparks is the Founder of Abbe Sparks Media Group & Socially Sparked News. A social entrepreneur, she is a social media and content influencer who has been covering the entertainment, music, tech and advocacy sectors for over 25 year. A member of US Press Association, she has written for many online and print publications including her former column 'Abbe's Sparks' for RFPalooza. You can also find her stories on Medium & Tumbler. Twitter: @asparks01

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