Vine posts amateur porn as "editor's pick"

Twitter's new "long photo" app goes x-rated.

Vine, Twitter's new "long photo" app, showed a lot of promise when it launched this weekend. I liked its potential, particularly in creating a new type of media. And while there has been some scaremongering about its potential for supporting amateur porn, I had dismissed it as nothing.

But today, for a little over ten minutes, the top "editor's pick" — that is, the video at the top of everyone's feed, auto-subscribed to on download — was hardcore porn. It's hard to see Vine surviving this unscathed.

Quite why or how the six second clip — apparently recorded from a monitor — ended up as the editor's pick is unclear, but it has now been removed.

This picture, from the Guardian's Joanna Geary — I can confirm its accuracy, but neglected to save a picture myself before it was taken down — shows what was displayed to users upon opening the app:

Users did need to click to see, but many — myself included — will have assumed that the actual video was likely to be innocuous, since it was, after all, recommended by the service itself.

I am awaiting comment from Vine explaining how and why this happened, but the fact that it happened at all is not good for the company, or for Twitter itself.

Update:

A Twitter spokesperson responds:

"A human error resulted in a video with adult content becoming one of the videos in Editor's Picks, and upon realizing this mistake we removed the video immediately. We apologize to our users for the error."

Alex Hern is a technology reporter for the Guardian. He was formerly staff writer at the New Statesman. You should follow Alex on Twitter.

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The emojis proposed for release in 2016 are faintly disturbing

Birds of prey, dead flowers and vomit: Emojipedia's vision for 2016. 

Since, as we're constantly being told, emojis are now the fastest growing languge in the UK, it seems only appropriate that its vocabulary should expand to include more commonly used images or ideas as its popularity increases. 

Next year, the Unicode Consortium, which decides which new codes can be added to the emoji dictionary, will approve a new round of symbols. So far, 38 suggestions have been accepted as candidates for the final selection. Emojipedia, an online emoji resource, has taken it upon itself to mock up the new symbols based on the appearance of existing emojis (though emojis are designed slightly differently by different operating systems like Apple or Android). The full list will be decided by Unicode in mid-2016. 

As it stands, the new selection is a little... well, dark. 

First, there are the faces: a Pinocchio-nosed lying face, a dribbling face, a nauseous face, an upset-looking lady and a horrible swollen clown head: 

Then there's what I like to call the "melancholy nighttime collection", including a bat, owl, fox, blackened heart and dying rose: 

Here we have a few predators, thrown in for good measure, and a stop sign:

There are a few symbols of optimism amid the doom and gloom, including a pair of crossed fingers, clinking champagne glasses and smiling cowboy, plus a groom and prince to round out the bride and princess on current release. (You can see the full list of mock-ups here). But overall, the tone is remarkably sombre. 

Perhaps as emoji become ever more popular as a method of communication, we need to accept that they must represent the world in all its darkness and nuance. Not every experience deserves a smiley face, after all. 

All mock-ups: Emojpedia.

Barbara Speed is a technology and digital culture writer at the New Statesman and a staff writer at CityMetric.