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Twitter and its response to abuse
Twitter has been slammed over failing to respond to abusive Tweets directed at some of its users. In the UK Isabella Sorley and John Nimmo were sent to jail after they sent abusive tweets to Caroline Criado-Perez during her campaign to get a woman's face onto a ten pound note.
The police often have to track down the abusers themselves as Twitter is reluctant to comply with requests for information.
Twitter’s transparency report shows that it does respond to requests for information by police forces arouod the world. The report has a worldwide average response to requests of 57 percent. The US has 69 percent of its requests responded to whereas the UK, despite issuing 25 requests had only 4 percent of these actioned.
YouTube comments permitted only from Google+ users
In November 2013 YouTube stipulated that only users with valid Google+ accounts could place comments on YouTube videos which would be displayed according to the "community engagement, reputation, and up-votes for a particular comment".
This led to widespread condemnation of the decision. Users with YouTtube accounts or Gmail already have Google plus accounts — even if they are not used.
Google was lambasted for the move and the co-founder of YouTube Jawed Karim strongly voiced his disapproval about the change. He deleted every video from his channel apart from the first video ever uploaded to YouTube. “Me at the zoo” which was uploaded on 23rd April 2005. Karim really does not want a Google+ account.
Vine selects porn video as Editors Pick
Vine, the app which displays six second video clips was acquired by Twitter in 2013. Pornographic videos quickly began circulating across the app and Twitter. These videos are not easy to find on Vine itself, but retweets and mentions on Twitter soon spread these Vines across the Twitterverse. In 2013 a pornographic clip was featured as an “Editors Pick” and appeared on the home screens of the app.
A spokeswoman said “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."
Vine is taking action to stop users searching for pornographic images by blocking hashtags such as #porn but a quick search on the Vine Roulette website shows that NSFW video Vines are still prevalent across the site.