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Tumblr to Ban Adult Content

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by Melody Bot, Dec 4, 2018.

  1. Melody Bot

    Your friendly little forum bot. Staff Member

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    Tumblr will ban all “adult content” from their platform beginning on December 17th:

    Banned content includes photos, videos, and GIFs of human genitalia, female-presenting nipples, and any media involving sex acts, including illustrations. The exceptions include nude classical statues and political protests that feature nudity. The new guidelines exclude text, so erotica remains permitted. Illustrations and art that feature nudity are still okay — so long as sex acts aren’t depicted — and so are breastfeeding and after-birth photos.

  2. Mason


    Title should be "Tumblr loses 90% of their users". What a dumb fucking move.
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  3. KyleK

    Let's get these people moving faster! Supporter

    I'm sure they wish they didn't have to do a complete ban, but probably realized they couldn't have the policy, or more notably the resources and process to enforce a policy if it was more nuanced. It makes me think about a company like Twitter that isn't willing to take accountability for the platform it provides, and as far as I'm concerned, if you can't responsibly police yourself, maybe you shouldn't have the privilege of providing it. This seems to be the way Tumblr decided they could best manage the content on their platform.
  4. Dust Of Fallen Rome


    Well cool. Good for them I guess.
  5. Ryan

    Might be Spider-Man...

    Isn't tumblr an amateur noodz site tho? ok tumblr
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  6. Butinsmallsteps


    Honestly you’re giving Tumblr way too much credit. The site runs rampant with pedophilia and naziism (similarly to Twitter). What happened here is just like Twitter they though ignoring it would be fine. Then tumblr was taken off the App Store because it was labeled as a source of child pornography. And this is tumblrs solution. It’s desperate, it’s far less nuanced then it should be or could have been if they had taken this serious, and it’s focused just on visual pornography which doesn’t encapsulate most of the problems with the site. This is what forced accountability looks like, it looks clunky and unnuanced. If anything I’m hoping Facebook and Twitter see how much of a shitshow it is and try to fix their problems NOW.
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  7. tyramail

    Trusted Supporter

    So they can easily decide to ban that but not nazism? fuck you tumblr.
  8. KyleK

    Let's get these people moving faster! Supporter

    Sorry, I didn't mean to come off as crediting Tumblr for anything, because I completely agree, it's a long-overdue and lazy approach. What I really meant is that they took this broad approach because they didn't care enough to do something earlier, and know they don't want to put the adequate resources in place to enforce something more nuanced. Maybe it came off wrong because I hold so much resentment towards Twitter because they also don't want to be accountable for the platform they've provided people, and really don't care enough to, nor know how at the scale they've grown to deal with the enormous scale of abuse they publish.
  9. Martina


    Ok this is a music site so maybe someone here would be able to comment, do you think this maybe has more to do with concerns about copyright infringement suits than child porn? I’m not trying to minimize the latter but I doubt it is worse today than it was in the past and no one talked about banning Tumblr or its apps for it. They had to have and I’m sure will still have content monitoring though it will be much easier for them this way. I tried to do a google search for Tumblr and copyright cases and didn’t see a trend that stood out but I suppose with them having a reputation for tolerating nudity that they must have had a big problem with DMCA notices and more from the porn industry. And also this way they can crack down more on music piracy! Whee! No, wait...