Tumblr will be permanently banning adult content from their site as of December 17th to remove porn-related communities on the platform and change the way the blogging site is used.
The ban will include explicit sexual content and nudity with a few exceptions according to The Verge.
— The FADER (@thefader) December 3, 2018
The announcement was released a few days after Tumblr was removed from the Apple iOS App Store because of a child pornography incident. The banned content will include photos, videos, and GIFs of human genitalia, female-presenting nipples, and any media involving sex acts, including illustrations.
The exceptions to the ban will include nude classical statues, political protests that feature nudity, breastfeeding and after-birth photos, and text such as erotica. Illustrations and art that feature nudity are permitted, as long as sex acts aren’t portrayed.
The site is getting a lot of criticism because many users think that this will harm artists and sex workers, who used the platform as a safe space for expression.
— chai tea (@edgionthegreat) December 3, 2018
After December 17th, all explicit posts will be flagged and deleted using algorithms, and in the meantime Tumblr will be emailing users that posted adult content flagged by algorithms to inform them that their content will soon be hidden. Posts with porn content will also be set to private, so they can’t be reblogged or shared across Tumblr.
Users will still have the ability to appeal Tumblr’s decision if they believe their post has been deleted by mistake, as the platform admits that the automated tools could make some errors.
Check out the site’s FAQ below.
— Ryan Brown (@Toadsanime) December 3, 2018
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