Surprise, surprise- as suggested by the Dyenamic Solution’s post last month Twitter launches Vine video sharing service in which we warned about potential content issues- Apple have re rated Twitter’s social media Vine video service.Vine – Twitter’s new video clip sharing app – has had its age rating increased to 17+ on Apple’s store, the highest option.
The software had previously been rated suitable for 12-year-olds.
It follows complaints that not surprisingly some of its six second segments were pornographic.
Blogging service Tumblr and photo-sharing service 500px have also seen their iPhone and iPad apps boosted to the maximum age rating over the past fortnight.
Vine is not yet available for Android, but Google Play rates its 500px app as having a “high maturity” content rating, while Tumblr is marked as “low maturity”.
The incident came a week after Apple had blocked 500px’s app from its marketplace “for featuring pornographic images and material, a clear violation of our guidelines”.
It returned to the store a few days later after adding an in-app button to let users alert the service to inappropriate pictures.
To get an Apps Store rating developers must fill out a checklist alerting Apple to any issues with their software before it issues a rating and makes their software live.
Its guidelines state that apps qualify for its highest rating if they involve “sexual content, nudity, alcohol, tobacco and drugs”.
Apple tells its customers they must not download an app if they fall below the stated age limit – but users can click away the warning message.
In Android’s case developers rate their own software, although the firm reserves the right to change their suggestion.
Google’s guidelines state that apps which “focus on suggestive or sexual references must be rated high maturity”, but again it does not prevent under-18s from installing any app.