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Tumblr will ban all adult content on December 17th
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Quote:Tumblr will permanently ban adult content from its platform on December 17th in a move that will eradicate porn-related communities on the platform and fundamentally alter how the service is used. The ban includes explicit sexual content and nudity with a few exceptions, the company tells The Verge. The new policy’s announcement comes just days after Tumblr was removed from Apple’s iOS App Store over a child pornography incident, but it extends far beyond that matter alone. “Adult content will no longer be allowed here,” the company flatly stated in a blog post published on Monday.

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.

After December 17th, any explicit posts will be flagged and deleted by algorithms. For now, Tumblr is emailing users who have posted adult content flagged by algorithms and notifying them that their content will soon be hidden from view. Posts with porn content will be set to private, which will prevent them from being reblogged or shared elsewhere in the Tumblr community.

Users have a chance to appeal Tumblr’s decision in situations where they think there’s been a mistake, and the platform admits there’s a chance that the automated tools it’s using could make errors. It’s a process that could take a while, as a bulk of Tumblr posts feature explicit content. Users who run adult blogs can also export their content before the change takes place in order to save what they have.

Explicit blogs will be allowed to remain on the service, but they’ll be heavily censored for all visitors. Here’s Tumblr’s FAQ:

Tumblr Wrote:What if my blog (not to be confused with posts) was marked as “explicit” before December 17, 2018?

Blogs that have been either self-flagged or flagged by us as “explicit” per our old policy and before December 17, 2018 will still be overlaid with a content filter when viewing these blogs directly. While some of the content on these blogs may now be in violation of our policies and will be actioned accordingly, the blog owners may choose to post content that is within our policies in the future, so we’d like to provide that option. Users under 18 will still not be allowed to click through to see the content of these blogs. The avatars and headers for these blogs will also be reverted to the default settings. Additionally, posts from these blogs are kept out of search results.

Since Tumblr was founded in 2007, it has largely turned a blind eye to adult content. The company has tried to shield it from public view through Safe Mode and more stringent search filters. But in recent months — and under the ownership of Verizon’s Oath unit — it began to consider removing content more aggressively. “We’ve given serious thought to who we want to be to our community moving forward,” CEO Jeff D’Onofrio says in a blog post. “We’ve realized that in order to continue to fulfill our promise and place in culture, especially as it evolves, we must change.” D’Onofrio says Tumblr weighed the pros and cons thoroughly before making its decision. It also decided not to remove explicit accounts because it wanted to give these accounts a chance to post appropriate content instead.

Under Oath, Tumblr has been cleaning up its platform more rapidly than it had done in previous years. In August, Tumblr announced new community guidelines that banned revenge porn, hate speech, and posts that glorified school shootings.

If users mourn the loss of adult content on Tumblr, D’Onofrio claims they have many other solutions. “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,” he said. That argument will do little to curtail anger over this decision from people who have used Tumblr as a safe place to enjoy, share, and discuss their preferred flavor of porn and adult content.

Source: https://www.theverge.com/2018/12/3/18123...-safe-mode
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We'll see how things go from here but uh... Even if the memers in my friends group claim Tumblr's only serious traffic was from porn are right, there is way too much porn on Tumblr anyways. Not to mention getting your app pulled from the app store would be worse for traffic than people staring at censored porn all day.
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The algorithm they launched on the first day was absolutely horrible. It flagged anything that was shaped like a boob as explicit. Anything with fleshtones was marked explicit. Someone actually tested the algorithm to see what was triggering mass post flagging.

3 of my own arts was marked explicit and I had to request a review in order for them to make it visible to everyone again. 

It's the final straw that broke the camel's back really. They let it get this bad, so they have to lay in it.

Artists, nsfw and sfw, are migrating to twitter and other sites because of how awful the algorithm is.

Tumblr has allowed pedophile communities, Neonazis, white supremacists, openly racist blogs (all of which are usually nsfw) to exist for years. CP was never removed unless users would report tips to the FBI en masse. The neonazi blogs still exist, but all the pedos have moved to twitter. It's gotten bad

The site's hit the shitter in terms of functionality and the willingness of Tumblr staff to actually enforce their rules ever since Yahoo (owned by Verizon) bought the website. The site was overrun with porn bots for nearly 2 years, you could find them following you, DMing you, even adding links in their reblogs of viral posts nonstop. Tumblr couldn't even do that right with the purge of the website because they're still fucking there, the porny text just isn't hyperlinked. Users had to do mass reporting and that only worked for about a month. The site becoming uninhabitable was inevitable since they continuously ignored the feedback users would give them.

Tumblr was never artist friendly if you weren't a fanart producing machine anyway.

But yeah, they didn't actually fix anything with cleaning up the site to allow the app to return to stores. Only thing they did was giving random artists the ban hammer if they put too much boobie in their gallery. I guess they succeeeded in getting the FBI off their back if pedos and their kiddy diddler friends thought they would get the ban soon to the point they all moved to twitter.

Just a shitshow really, but tumblr has always been a shitshow so I'm not really that surprised.
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Someone should post man boobs there and troll the system. Computer algorithm can't differentiate that.
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Was fun while it lasted. But then again, this has been a long time coming -- Tumblr has consistently screwed up a lot of things over the years and it didn't exactly improve when Yahoo obtained it. The strict NSFW filter hurts a LOT of people -- especially artists and sex workers using the platform to get work -- and yet white supremacy, transphobia and a culture of toxicity were allowed to breed and fester there. 

I'm just going to brace for the shitstorm that Tumblr users bring with them when they migrate to Twitter and other sites.
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In light of the previous posts I cannot help but laugh at how terrible the situation is.

That said, I don't have a personal connection to the site so I can laugh easily.
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