Vine (app)

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Vine is a mobile app by Twitter that enables its users to create and post short video clips. Video clips created with Vine have a maximum length of six seconds and can be shared on a variety of social networking services, such as Twitter or Facebook.[1] Vine was founded by Dom Hofmann and Rus Yusupov in June 2012. Colin Kroll joined Vine as CTO in July 2012. The company was acquired by Twitter in October 2012[2] and debuted on 24 January 2013[3] as a free iOS app on the iPhone and iPod Touch. Twitter is working on bringing the app to other platforms.[4][5]
Less than a week after its debut, pornographic video clips started appearing on the service. Pornography is not forbidden by Twitter's guidelines.[6] One sexually explicit clip was featured as an "Editor's Pick" in the Vine app, which Twitter blamed on "human error".[7] On February 5, 2013, Twitter raised the minimum age limit to 17 years of age, from 12, to download the application.[8]
Nonetheless, the app can be applied to other fields such as journalism. For instance, a Turkish journalist has successfully captured the aftermath of the suicide bombing outside the U.S. embassy in Turkey on February 1st, 2013.[9]
The BBC has deemed aggregates of Vine "mesmerising", and notes not only that advertising agencies have been quick to seize on Vine's potential, but that stop motion animation is alive and well.[10]


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