Twitter prohibits posting of “explicit sexual content” on its Vine video-sharing service

Twitter prohibits posting of “explicit sexual content” on its Vine video-sharing serviceA new policy was announced on Thursday by microblogging service Twitter to prohibit the posting of "explicit sexual content" on its video-sharing app, Vine.

The move by Twitter to ban the posting of sexually explicit content on its January 2013-launched Vine video-sharing service underscores the increasing concerns over such content being posted on the service. The concerns about such objectionable content intensified after a porn video briefly featured on Vine's 'Editor's Pick' list.

With Vine defining sexual content as "depictions of sex acts, nudity that is sexually provocative or in a sexual context, and graphic depictions of sexual arousal," the examples of sexually explicit content listed by the company include Vine videos showing sex acts; use of sex toys for sex acts; sexually provocative nudity; close-ups of aroused genitals underneath clothing; and sexually graphic art or animation.

The new policy, announced by Twitter via a company blog, marks an update to the company's terms of service; and will likely not affect the vast majority of Twitter users.

Twitter asserted in its blog post that the changed policy does not mean anything for "more than 99 percent of our users;" and added alongside: "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."