Sand and Starfish

Jan 28

Twitter’s New Vine App

Twitter released Vine last week. It’s an app that lets you make short six-second video clips and share them with your friends and followers.

After hearing how awesome and addicting it was, I jumped on the bandwagon to see what all the commotion was about. I made an account and had a couple minutes of fun watching some short videos. Friends children being cute. Cute outfit selections. Snow accumulating.

I thought it would be fun to check out the new ones this morning with my 4 year old. I let her hold the phone so she could have the better view. Regret regret regret.

The very first video that appeared in my home feed as an “editor’s pick” looked like this…

porn-on-vine

She tapped.

And then was shown pornography.

 

That’s right, with 1 tap, children can view porn.

You can view porn.

Child molesters and sex maniacs can view porn.

 

Now, I understand that a lot of people will say, “It’s ok. I just won’t tap on those videos”. Do you realize what you just said?! Those very 2 first words… “It’s ok” But it’s not ok. Not at all ok. An editor decided that his or her love for porn was and is totally acceptable for us all to be subjected to. That’s not ok. The fact that there is even a way to view pornography on an app, is not ok. And as a Christian, it is completely not ok to be ok with an app that is ok with it!

 

I will be deleting my account. If they let me. I’ve emailed them several times already this morning and get an automated reply back. The only way to delete your account is to email them… and then wait, and wait, and wait for a response. Deleting the app from my phone is the only way to get a small sense of satisfaction but until my account is gone, I’m not happy. And until they make it impossible for pornography to be available, I will not support them.

Sorry Vine… there’s a reason apps like this don’t stick around for very long and lose respect and popularity.

 

 

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9 Responses to “Twitter’s New Vine App”

  1. nicole says:

    thank you. please update if you are successful with deleting your account via email. i want to do the same

  2. nicole says:

    PS – i’ve shared your post with a number of people. thanks for writing this.

  3. Margot says:

    I’m always really slow to jump on these bandwagons, and this is the perfect example why. I like to wait until I know for sure if it is worth my time, and sharing my information. Thanks so much for posting this, I plan to share it on twitter. xo

    ps. I love your blog design. I’d like to do something a little more scrapbooky on my blog! :)

  4. christina says:

    good to know! I figured it was definitely going to be problematic in that respect, but wouldn’t have expected it to be so blatant and SOON! sheesh.

  5. Cody says:

    They have since released an apology for the “human error” that selected the porn as an editor’s pick.. Pretty tacky for a new app though. It was the first thing I saw when I opened the app, and I was instantly like so, wow, this is what everyone is talking about? I kept the app, for now, mostly because I am honestly intrigued by all social media and want to follow it’s growth. But I don’t see myself using it. I’m just not into video sharing. So sorry that your child was subjected to that. :(

  6. Melli says:

    Wow! I’m very happy I didn’t get this app or anything. This is the first I’ve heard of it and it seems like nothing but issues :/ I’ll stick to my Instagram instead :)

  7. Jana says:

    That’s ridiculous. I’m not following the hype so I wasn’t even really aware of it until all my fellow bloggers started tweeting about it today.

  8. Brenda Brown says:

    Thanks for sharing! I will share with my readers!

  9. Jenny says:

    Thank you so much for posting this! I actually saw your blog link in a comment on IG. I am glad I checked it out!

    It’s so scary to think that porn and other horrible things are only one click away! Just like that!

    I will deleting my Vine app!

    I see that you live in PC Beach! That is my happy place!! We only live about an hour and a half from there in Alabama and we go all the time during the summer! My cousins actually have a beach house in Lagua Beach so most of our time is spent there! LOVE it!

    So happy I found your blog!

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