One of the web’s most popular and relatively racy blogging platforms says it will no longer host any adult content or nude imagery, with very limited exceptions, starting this month.
On Monday, Tumblr announced in a blog post that adult content “will no longer be allowed here,” including explicit sexual content and most of cases of nudity. Starting in two weeks, on December 17, any explicit posts on the platform will be flagged and deleted by algorithms, according to the company.
According to new adult content guidelines outlined by Tumblr, the kind of content it’s looking to ban “primarily includes photos, videos, or GIFs that show real-life human genitals or female-presenting nipples, and any content—including photos, videos, GIFs and illustrations—that depicts sex acts.”
In the decade or so since its founding, Tumblr has served as a major hub for users and communities wishing to share adult content via social, despite periodic pressure to reign in its content.
As the Verge reported, however, in the time since Verizon took it over in 2017, “Tumblr has been cleaning up its platform more rapidly … In August, Tumblr announced new community guidelines that banned revenge porn, hate speech, and posts that glorified school shootings.”
Last month, the Tumblr app was also removed from the Apple Store after child pornography was reportedly detected on the platform.
It seems lots of people here are talking about @Tumblr given the news on their decision to ramp up the censorship there under the @Verizon ownership. This sorta feels like the final nail in the coffin in an already-dying social media platform. https://t.co/uzMZNT18Bo
— Shah Selbe (@shahselbe) December 3, 2018
Tumblr CEO Jeff D’Onofrio emphasized in a blog post Monday that users will still have other options for displaying explicit content online after the December 17 change, which has apparently been a long time coming.
“We spent considerable time weighing the pros and cons of expression in the community that includes adult content. In doing so, it became clear that without this content we have the opportunity to create a place where more people feel comfortable expressing themselves,” D’Onofrio wrote.
“Bottom line: There are no shortage of sites on the internet that feature adult content. We will leave it to them and focus our efforts on creating the most welcoming environment possible for our community.”
It has been noted in the company’s new guidelines for adult content that discloses “female-performing nipples in relation to breastfeeding, birth or birth moments, and conditions related to health, such as post-mastectomy or gender confirmation surgery” , Such examples are allowed nudity site.
Meanwhile, written adult content such as aortika, and political protest related or newsworthy nudity (as well as artistic, non-photographic imagery, sex act sanitation) will still be allowed. Users can appeal to Tumblr’s decision if they feel there has been an error, but considering the size of the possible migration, they may have to wait a bit longer.
Currently, Tumblr’s are emailing users to inform that their flagged explicit content will not appear after December 17, the company had written. Porn-sharing blogs which are set to private will still be edited purely in pure, though users who explicitly host blogs can choose to export full content before time.