Tumblr announces "adult content" ban that starts in two weeks

Tumblr announces
Tumblr, the microblogging and social media site/app owned by Verizon's Oath, Inc. announced today that it will no longer allow any adult content to be on the site/app. This takes place starting on December 17th, two weeks from today. If you see adult content, report adult content. Tap on the paper airplane sharing icon at the bottom of the screen, and click on "Report."

In case you're unclear as to what constitutes adult content, Tumblr's own blog post makes it pretty clear. These are photos, GIFs and videos that "show real-life human genitals or female-presenting nipples, and any content—including photos, videos, GIFs and illustrations—that depicts sex acts." With this description, you won't have to follow the famous comment from U.S. Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart, who said in 1964 that he could not use words to describe porn, but "I know it when I see it."

There are exceptions to Tumblr's new rules. For example, images of female nipples are allowed in connection with posts dealing with breastfeeding, childbirth, after-birth, and other health related contexts. "Written content such as erotica, nudity related to political or newsworthy speech, and nudity found in art, such as sculptures and illustrations, are also stuff that can be freely posted on Tumblr."

If you are a Tumblr member with some posts that have been flagged, this adult content will be moved to a page that only you will be able to view. On the web, or version 12.2 and later of the Android app, a button found on any image labeled as adult content by Tumblr can be tapped to appeal the ruling. In addition, if a user has a blog that was flagged as being "explict" before December 17th, Tumblr will take appropriate action on the adult content, but will allow the user to post accepted content. Tumblr will return the avatars and headers for these blogs to the default settings. Users can look in their visibility settings to find out whether their blog has been labeled "explicit."

Tumblr might be more sensitive to adult content after its iOS app was removed from the App Store last month when child pornography was discovered on the app.

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13 Comments

1. kiko007

Posts: 7500; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Tumblr: We’re banning your porn. The Internet: Congratulations, you just played yourself. You’ll be shut down by next Christmas!

12. Brewski

Posts: 710; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

Exactly! Why would they shoot themselves in the foot like this? I know plenty of people who post exclusively porn material.

13. someguy2261

Posts: 258; Member since: Feb 12, 2016

Stop lying , you don't have any friends.

2. ijuanp03

Posts: 612; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Goodbye Tumblr!

3. Ray.S

Posts: 459; Member since: Jul 19, 2011

End of an era.

4. someguy2261

Posts: 258; Member since: Feb 12, 2016

Good post, thanks phonearena for letting all of us know I was wondering what's going on with tumblr. I'm sure phonearena readers and employees are sad to find out tumblr is closing down their favorite sections.

5. pecapello

Posts: 107; Member since: Feb 19, 2015

How do I download my whole archive?

6. KingSam

Posts: 1466; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

Isn't Tumblr just porn at this point?

7. surethom

Posts: 1715; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Tumblr will now loose over 60% of the accounts within a couple of months. This is what makes Tumblr profitable.

8. darkkjedii

Posts: 31286; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I’m about to flag every nude chick in Tumblr, even the fat ones. This sucks bug time, Tumblr was awesome for adult content. Just don’t mess with Xnxx.com

9. thedizzle

Posts: 197; Member since: Oct 05, 2017

Isnt that just a mirror site of another pron site?

10. middlehead

Posts: 458; Member since: May 12, 2014

Yes. XNXX is just XVideos with a different sorting system.

11. darkkjedii

Posts: 31286; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Don’t know, and don’t care, but it dope ass porn on there.

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