"Human Error" Made Dildo Porn the Top Video on Vine

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Vine, Twitter's new experiment in oddball video sharing, gave users a spook this morning: a video of a guy sticking a dildo in himself. Even more startling, it was the #1 "Editor's Pick" for the entire app. What? How? Why?

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We can't answer that last question, but we have a better idea of how, according to a Twitter spokesperson:

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.

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So we can be clear about one thing: this wasn't the fault of some rogue algorithm. A human being, it would seem, actually selected a video titled "dildoplay" as the number one editor's pick (though it was quickly removed). The best Vine on Vine was briefly extremely vivid porn—literally, an editor's pick.

Vine still doesn't make any sense as a porn destination, but if the app has the kind of editorial oversight that lets a massively NSFW clip turn into top suggested viewing, it's going to alienate people in a hurry. As of this morning, it probably already did.

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GarrettDavis
Garrett Davis

So its like the time you published a screen shot of a Bing image search for "tits" right on the Gizmodo front page, Sam? Let me fix that last paragraph for you:

Gizmodo still doesn't make any sense as a porn destination, but if the site has the kind of editorial oversight that lets a massively NSFW image on the front page, its going to alienate people in a hurry. As of 12/12/12, it probably already did.

I took the liberty of censoring the screen shot I took.