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Twitter users swinging from pornographic 'Vine'

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HOUSTON (FOX 26) -

It didn't take long for porn to run amok on the latest offering from Twitter.

The new service is called Vine. It was launched on Thursday, allowing users to share 6-second videos.

Just like Twitter, Vine is supposed to be short and sweet. Both are easily searchable and basically unfiltered, says Jeff Balke. He's co-owner of Two Roads Media and a tech writer for the Houston Press.

"It allows people to publish pretty much whatever they want to publish," explained Balke. "And as a result, it's been filling up with porn clips."

That's alarming, says psychotherapist Mary Jo Rapini, who fears Vine could be used as a "sexting" app by teenagers.

"What I'm really concerned about is that we're seeing more and more children involved in porn, and they're making their own porn," Rapini told FOX 26 News. "And this app is going to be perfect for that because the majority of them are homemade."

Trouble is, the internet never forgets. And teenagers don't necessarily consider the fact that any nude video clips they send out could come back to haunt them later.

"Parents are interested in protecting their kid from making a lifelong mistake, sending an image that in hindsight they might not have sent if they would have stopped and thought about it," said Mitch Butler.

Butler is a co-founder of ImageVision, whose software can detect and intercept pictures of private parts. A link to their Facebook monitoring service can be found here:

http://eyeguardian.com/

But no software could ever completely clean up cyberspace, where there's a seemingly endless supply of porn even though few will admit to fueling the demand.

"The dirty little secret of the internet," says Balke, "is that porn is a dominant source of bandwidth usage."

The big question now is: what will Apple do?

The Vine app is downloaded from the tech giant's app store. And Apple has strict rules prohibiting porn, even if it's user-generated.

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