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Stop Vine and Twitter Censorship. #StopVineCensorship

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Censorship affects all of us.

The important role of the Vine app - as a medium for users to freely express themselves - is under threat from a new policy.

As of March 6, 2014, Vine, owned by Twitter, has decided to remove all content labeled "adult content" and to suspend or ban users creating any content labeled "adult."  Vine's stated reason for doing this is because they want users to "be comfortable."  On March 13, thousands of accounts were deleted without much of a public announcement.

Many of us - as users of Vine and Twitter - do not participate in viewing or creating adult content, but we all recognize Vine as a place for freedom of expression. 

We are disturbed by the precedent set on Vine for other applications and websites, including Twitter.  We are also disturbed that we are not allowed to choose what we view.

Vine's perception of its users as a community that advocates censorship is wrong.  There is nothing comfortable to us about the slippery slope of censorship.  

For these reasons, we demand full restoration of adult content on vine and a return to the adult content warning system previously in place.


On 3/14/14, the DailyDot revealed that Twitter's sudden decision to censor its Vine app was due to Vine's inability to get rid of child pornography (most of which, the story implies, was made by teens themselves) on the app.  The long and short of it is this - Vine's interface for flagging objectionable content- including child pornography - was terrible.  It was difficult for users to report child porn , and when the child pornography was found, Twitter panicked.   We should be even more outraged at the censorship now.  Not only was their stated purpose - to make users "more comfortable" - not true, they also infringed on freedom of speech to save their own skin.  Instead of spending money to overhaul how users report objectionable content, they instituted a broad ban of content.  This equates child pornography with consensual sex/pornography and tries to solve a wrong with a wrong.  Stepping on basic freedoms because you've not taken care to clean up your act is not acceptable.


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