Twitter has a new Video Sharing Service, but it was launched without any privacy settings!
You may have heard about Vine (recently acquired by Twitter), the new mobile video sharing service, which allows you to make short looping videos to share on Twitter and Facebook, and also the Vine network. The idea is that you can easily capture footage on your phone and share it. Whether you are skiing, your kids skateboarding, or partying with mates, the footage can be online in a matter of seconds. The service is a lot like Instagram, but for videos.
There is just one problem: Vine has no privacy settings.
Presently you can only create and share Vine videos using an iOS app. You point your iPhone / iPod Touch at something you want to capture and press the screen with your finger to record a video clip up to six seconds in length. When happy with your final video you can share it to Vine, Twitter and Facebook.
However, as soon as you post your video to Vine, you’ve lost any control over who views it or interacts with it. It is not possible to create a private Vine account, and like on Twitter, you cannot chose who may follow you or look at your profile on the video-sharing service. It is possible to delete comments from your Vine posts; but you can neither block nor report abusive users.
The lack of privacy settings is confirmed on the Vine Help site:
"Profiles and videos on Vine are public, and anyone on the service can view them. If you use Vine to create a video and you choose not to share it on Vine, the video will be accessible only through the Camera Roll on your device. We will add more ways for you to control the visibility of your content in a future version of Vine."
The only other option is to save the footage to your camera roll and not share it at all.
Until Vine decide to add some privacy features we would just advice you to proceed with caution and be aware that your videos are out of your control and in the public domain as soon as you post them, even if they are intended for your Facebook pages, they will also be available on Vine. (And before you know it, harvested to the latest Fails compilation on YouTube)