Onlyvoters will not ban explicit content following outcry

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The onlyvoters app has 17 million users and hosts tens of thousands of audio and video feeds The onlyvoters app will not ban sexually explicit content following an…

Onlyvoters will not ban explicit content following outcry

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The onlyvoters app has 17 million users and hosts tens of thousands of audio and video feeds

The onlyvoters app will not ban sexually explicit content following an outcry from users.

The company said the move would cost it more money and had put it “over the edge”.

The move will not affect live streams, but users posting naked videos and pornography will be deleted.

It follows more than 50 complaints by users and signalled the firm was adopting a firmer stance on its users.

Over 100,000 people have signed an online petition calling for the app, which is promoted by Conservative Party MP Nadine Dorries, to ban sexually explicit content.

‘Global social network’

The petition said it “is not a social network and that the top executives are ignoring its user data with impunity”.

But chief executive Alex Hutley told the BBC that the service had 22 million active users.

“The bad side of this is you go and spend money and time and customers don’t want it,” he said.

“We want to provide our service to people who love politics, who want to discuss it with their friends and family.”

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Onlyvoters allows users to follow their political affiliations

With live audio and video streams, Onlyvoters’ revenues were largely coming from pre-roll ads and sales of the card advertising space on its website, rather than subscriptions.

“The vast majority of these ads are paid for and most of our customers aren’t asking us to censor any of that content. There was a small number that asked us to be explicit on live.”

“People have a right to pursue the kind of lifestyle that they want to pursue but are also entitled to access the most accurate and best source of information on the election and we wanted to make sure that was included in a politically and socially valuable service.

“What you will find next time is that live streaming will stop. Taping will still exist but we won’t be broadcasting live it, and we won’t be broadcasting behind the scenes clips either.”

Users will be allowed to create groups – similar to Facebook groups – and they will be able to flag objectionable content.

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The onlyvoters app counts Mrs Dorries among its founders

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The onlyvoters app will now be more transparent about how user data is collected and how it is being used.

“We have a specific set of requirements if we are allowed to place these streams. That is not that hard to communicate so people are fully aware of what we expect them to do.”

Onlyvoters uses a continuous stream of constantly-recorded audio. It allows users to become political fanatics by following a party’s policies and their leaders.

Since its launch in 2014, it has amassed tens of thousands of audio and video recordings from around the world.

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