The 17+ rating is the highest available on Apple’s app store. Prior to this change, the Vine
app had previously been rated suitable for 12-year-olds, according to The Verge
. The app had been criticized recently about content and for the fact that a pornographic video
was featured as the editor’s pick of the week.
This means that when people attempt to use or download the app, it now app now warns the user about age-restricted material and forces the user to confirm their age.
Whilst Twitter have removed some material the policy of the Vine not reviewing material before it is posted will continue, according to the BBC
. However, as TechRadar
notes, the recent update to the Vine allows users to report material that they consider to be unsuitable.
It is not only Vine that has been reviewed according to PC Mag
. Tumblr and photo-sharing service 500px have also been raised to the maximum age rating due to similar concerns about access to material unsuitable for children