Steph Barnes
October 30, 2016 3:33 pm
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Just months after it was created way back in 2012, Vine was bought by tech giant Twitter — which totally made sense since Vine was dubbed the “Twitter of video.” But in what seems to be a sudden turn of events, Twitter announced last week that it would be shutting Vine down completely. In response to the sad, sad news that the looping video network would be gone forever, it turns out that Pornhub wants to buy Vine and save the day. Yea, we’re not really sure how to feel about that either.

In a letter from the Vice President of Pornhub, Corey Price wrote to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, explaining his company’s interest in the video app. Price wrote, “We figure since Twitter has dropped [Vine] and is having significant layoffs, that you and your stakeholders could benefit from a cash infusion from the sale of Vine. Not to mention we would be saving Vine gems like ‘Damn Daniel,’ ‘Awkward Puppets’ and many more.” We guess he has a point.

Pornhub also promised to “restore Vine to Its NSFW glory,” writing that clips “of porn in six seconds is more than enough time for most people to enjoy themselves.” Let’s all just think about that for a minute. Twitter did make a statement by blocking all NSFW vines after the initial acquisition so this could all just be another publicity stunt from the guys at the ‘hub. After all, the company is known for its sense of humor. But does the world really need NSFW Vines?

TBH, this whole this is making us uncomfortable. Porn in and of itself isn’t bad and many people obviously enjoy it. But looping 6-second videos of porn opens up a whole can of problematic issues. If anyone can make and upload a porn loop (we can’t even believe this could be happening), how does the company ensure that the video was consensual and safe? They won’t be able to. It’s one of the reasons Vine blocked NSFW vids in the first place. Hopefully, this all just one big joke and Pornhub can find some other way to scale their booming business.

We’re still so sad to see Vine go, but don’t forget that you can still access all your videos and download them for giggles later. And the folks over at GIPHY have even created a tool that lets you turn all your videos into GIFs. So there are already some good ways to get your 6-second loop fix without handing the network over to Pornhub. But business is business right?

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