Vine Is Now Rated 17+ To Save You From The #Porn Tag

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A bottle of lubricant filed in Vine. Just one of the many sexually charged videos you can see in this 17+ rated app!

Remember all the stupidity about 500px getting pulled from the iOS App Store because it was possible to see artful photographs of professional models exposing body parts that literally every person on the Earth has underneath their clothes? Which was all the more hysterical because Apple’s “Editor’s Choice” at the time was Vine, an app in which you are just a click of the #porn tag away from seeing an endless stream of anonymous masturbators wave their foreskins at you?

Well, 500px solved its problem with Apple by adopting a 17+ iTunes rating, and now Vine is doing the same.

There are other additions, of course, in Vine’s fourth update since launch. You can now share a video to Twitter or Facebook after you post a video, or block a user or report a user if they are one of those aforementioned six-second Onanists. There’s also some bug fixed to a miscellanea of bugs, including a black screen of death issue, or failing uploads after the creation of a video (I’ve had this one happen to me).

However, the bulk of the update actually seems to be dedicated to not getting kicked out of the App Store, and contains a 17+ rating for its depiction of infrequent alcohol, tobacco or drug use, it’s mild themes of horror and fear, it’s frequent and intense sexual content and nudity, and it’s mild realistic violence. Sounds like Friday night to me.

Nothing much more to say here, except to send your eyeballs on one last, weary orbit of your occipital foramina, sigh and move on. This is all stupid, of course, but for some reason, Apple wants to treat the users of dedicated apps for services that contain the possibility of nudity as if they were a contingent of unfathomably prudish, self-flagellating dunces. Until Apple decides it isn’t their moral responsibility to prevent the occasional areola from being rendered at 326 pixels per inch, this sort of nonsense is just going to continue.

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