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Vine Changes Minimum Age of Use to 17 After Porn Trouble

Sections: Apple, Web 2.0 / Social Networking, Web Apps

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Twitter’s six-second video app has had a busy first few weeks of life. From a hushed launch, which was met by explosive attention around the web, to having Facebook beef and followed quickly by issues of pornographic submissions easily accessed by underage users, the ‘Make a scene’ app has been all over the news.

Although it shouldn’t  be a stretch of anyone’s imagination to hear of an influx of porn on a new, free, social video sharing application, it does pose a threat for kids who surf the network. With that, the company has changed its age restriction to ’17+’ on Wednesday morning.

Prior to installing the app onto their Apple device, users will now receive a pop-up message stating that Vine contains age-restricted material and prompting users to confirm that they are 17 years old or older. Previously the age limit was ’12+.’

It’s not exactly the strongest line of defense, as anyone who could choose ‘OK’ over ‘Cancel’ will get past the caution screen but along with the app’s developers working on censoring porno searches, it’s a step in the right direction I suppose.

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