This article seems to exist for no other reason than to throw some pretty stupid cheap shots at Apple.

First, some history: The hot new app from Twitter, called Vine, can be used (like many other apps, and your browser) to find porn. Oh, the humanity! Because of how easy it was to find the amateur 6 second porn (and probably because of this bad-press), Apple recommend it be tagged 17+ in the App Store (something plenty of apps are labeled as).

Makes sense to me. Yet …

This is no doubt a bad thing for Vine and Twitter. Video and photo sharing apps are some of the fastest rising among the teenage group. That’s the category that SnapChat is currently dominating, where Tumblr is killing it, and the age group that every social media company needs to dominate. Slapping a mature rating on Vine automatically eliminates any youngsters who have parental settings turned on from downloading it, potentially a large swath of the teen population.

Okay, so the argument is because they have a 17+ rating, they’re not going to be able to grow as fast as where Tumblr is currently, by their words, “killing it.”

However just a few paragraphs above, in passing, we see …

… (though Tumblr is also rated 17+ in the App Store).

How can you make the argument that this is “no doubt” a bad thing for Vine and Twitter because the competition is “killing it” while facing the exact same 17+ rating?

Twitter might be advised to hurry up and release that Vine Android app post haste — Google isn’t as uptight with its app market.

You’re right, which is why it’s full of cloned and inferior software, susceptible to malware, and all that other garbage.

This article makes it seem like re-categorizing an app that should be rated 17+ is somehow akin to censorship. The app still exists and the only people that now can’t download it are kids who have parents that set their controls to not allow 17+ apps to be downloaded without permission … this seems exactly how this should work.

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  2. theworldwontspinforever said: I think it’s because tumblr is mainly used via computer and vine is essentially only used via cell phone/tablet. So putting an age limit on vine hurts it more than the age limit on the tumblr app hurts tumblr.
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