NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WGGB) — On Thursday, social media giant Twitter released a new app called Vine.
The application stays true to the original Twitter which allows users to post very short content to the Internet.
Vine allows it’s users to post six second videos available either to just their followers or to the public. It sounds simple enough but it hasn’t taken long for this social media app to gain a controversial rap.
It’s Twitter’s anti-censorship stance that has some raising their eyebrows about content available on Vine.
All it takes is a few clicks and your child or teen could be viewing explicit content with poor language, violence and even nudity.
Twitter has always valued the right to free speech, making it easy for people to post whatever they want. but how does that impact users of Vine?
“Vine launched just a few days ago, so you can imagine that by this point, there are thousands and thousands of pieces of explicit content that have already been added to it,” says Colin Panetta of Left-Click in Northampton.
That content is already gaining notoriety for the app where anyone can easily search for six seconds of nudity, pornography or NSFW (not suitable for work).
Although no one under the age of 12 is supposed to have an iTunes account that would allow them to download this app, Panetta says there’s no way to filter out this content..
“They do their best to warn people about that content. It will come up with a screen that says this content is explicit, tap to view, but there is no safe guard in place where you can say prevent someone of a certain age from seeing that content no more than you could do that for the entire internet. It’s just not possible,” Panetta adds.
Even though parent’s can’t filter what their child or teen can or cannot see on vine, Panetta offers a tip to help parents make sure their kids aren’t viewing inappopriate content on their smart phones “The best way to do that at this time is for parents to not give the iTunes password to their children and that way their children will not be able to download any apps without them knowing about it,” he says.