An anonymous reader writes: Just a few days ago, Twitter unveiled a new app called Vine for the iPhone and iPod Touch. The app enables users to record 6 second videos and embed them within tweets.
The Vine app, much like Twitter, lets users explore and discover content via hashtags. However, it didn't take long at all for hashtags for words like #sex and #porn to take center stage. Indeed, any NSFW term one can think of likely has a listing on Vine already. And while Vine enables users to flag videos as inappropriate, this only serves to provide a warning to users before a video begins playing.
So why is this a problem? After all, the web is chock full of pornography. Well, it may be a problem for Apple given that it has taken a staunch anti-porn stance regarding the iTunes App Store since it first launched back in 2008. Indeed, Steve Jobs used to tout the iTunes App Store over competing Android app stores, effectively calling the latter a repository for porn.
Recently, Apple removed a popular photo sharing app called 500px because it was rather easy for users to browse around and find nude photos.
Will Apple take similar action with Vine? If not, is Vine receiving preferential treatment because it's an app from a big name developer? As always, Apple's consistency with respect to app store removals is being called into question.