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  • 7 February 2013, 0:36

Twitter's Vine App Gets Adult Age Restriction

Twitter's new video sharing application has had its age rating increased to 17+ by Apple - the highest restriction in the app store.

The Vine app lets users film clips of up to six seconds in duration and post their creations to Twitter, Facebook, and to the Vine feed.

It had previously been rated suitable for 12-year-olds, but restrictions were increased after some pornographic clips were uploaded on the service.

The restriction comes after Tumblr and photo-sharing service 500px saw their iPhone and iPad apps increased to the maximum age rating over the past fortnight.

The app had previously made headlines after one of its featured Editor's Pick showed an x-rated clip of a couple.

Twitter later apologised and blamed human error.

Vine does not vet material before it goes online but has deleted some of the offending accounts.

Apple tells its customers they must not download an app if they fall below the stated age limit - but users can click away the warning message.

The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) said parents play their part in protecting children online.

"We cannot put the genie back in the bottle, but we can talk to our children about this issue," said Claire Lilley.

"Parents, schools, technology companies, and young people themselves can all play their part."