The six-second video service Vine says it doesn’t want to be a source of sexually explicit content on the internet.
Vine is a simple little service that allows users to post looping, six-second videos on the internet. The internet is where people go for porn. You won’t believe what happens next! Actually, you’d have to be kind of thick not to put it together almost immediately. But that’s not the sort of action Vine wants to be a part of, and so it has introduced a few changes to its rules that forbid sexually explicit content.
“As we’ve watched the community and your creativity grow and evolve, we’ve found that there’s a very small percentage of videos that are not a good fit for our community. So we’re making an update to our Rules and Terms of Service to prohibit explicit sexual content,” Vine wrote in a recent blog post. “For more than 99 percent of our users, this doesn’t really change anything. For the rest: we don’t have a problem with explicit sexual content on the Internet — we just prefer not to be the source of it.”
The restriction covers all pornographic content, even if it’s a “selfie” or marked as explicit. Vine also provided a helpful list of what qualifies as “sexually explicit content,” including sex acts, whether solo or with partner(s), “sexually provocative nudity” like clips from a strip club, aroused genitals under clothing (“Is that a rocket in your pocket, or are you just making a Vine video?”) and sexually graphic art or animation like hentai.
Non-sexual nudity is still okay, though: documentary or artsy stuff, breastfeeding mothers and that sort of thing. Breaking the rules can result in account suspension until the offending material is removed, while repeat or “severe” violations of the policy may lead to a permanent ban. Conduct yourselves accordingly!