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Tumblr sends users into frenzy after announcing adult content ban

Microblogging app Tumblr has incited a huge negative backlash against their platform after announcing a ban on all adult/pornographic content.

Putting out a statement a few days ago, the company has already started eradicating any explicitly sexual, NSFW or similar content posted on their app.

With over 30 billion posts put up on the site since it’s launch in 2007, the action comes due to staff finding child sexual abuse images during a routine audit.

Not actually targeting posts specifically, the sweep was apparently conducted using an algorithm, which identifies such content. This clean-up will officially be effective from December 17th, where posts will become “flagged” if not deemed appropriate and will be taken down immediately.

BBC News reports that – “…the new policy comes weeks after the site was pulled from Apple’s App Store after child abuse images made it past Tumblr’s filters.”

In greater detail, the new guidelines detail “real-life human genitals or female-presenting nipples” are also banned, along with creepshots and deepfake porn.

Other additions to their guidelines include the stopping of “gore” posts, for the intention of shocking other users, as well as other “content that encourages or incites violence, or glorifies acts of violence or the perpetrators“.

Tumblr‘s CEO Jeff D’Onorio explained this week that the company is comfortable taking such action, as they have a “zero tolerance policy” on content of that manner. However, consequently, they are also destroying the very thing which is keeping their app alive – according to users who have been very vocal on other social media platforms.

A lot of the outrage appears to be stemming from the feeling of over-policing sensitive content

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Source: BBC News


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