App Store changes Twitter's Vine app to 17+ rating following pornographic clips complaints

Twitter’s video clip sharing app Vine has had its age rating increased to the highest option on Apple’s App Store – 17+.

Vine users now have to confirm they are over 17

The move follows complaints that some of its six-second video clips carried pornographic images, taking its rating up from 12+.

The app had made headlines after an ‘Editor’s Pick’ showed a couple engaged in a sexual act, the clip soon made it into the app’s ‘popular now’ section with Twitter later apologised blaming human error.

Technology news site The Verge first reported the change in Vine’s status early this morning.

In recent weeks Apple has also removed photo-sharing service 500px from its App Store amid complaints of pornographic images, before allowing it to return with a 17+ rating.

As well as carrying a new age rating the Vine update includes minor bug fixes, Facebook and Twitter sharing options, and functionality to report or block users. The app also now warns of age-restricted material and asks for confirmation that the user is over 17.

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Gillian West is The Drum’s social media manager and works to ensure The Drum’s content reaches followers across platforms including Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook and Instagram in an engaging, relevant and timely manner. Based in Glasgow, she has been actively involved in building The Drum’s Creative Works brand for over three years now and has interviewed major creative figures including Rankin, Peter Souter, Rosie Arnold, Bob Greenberg and Vicki Maguire. During her time at The Drum she has attended events such as Cannes Lions, the Edinburgh International TV Festival, Art Director’s Club Europe, D&AD and more.

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