Tumblr to ban adult content from 17 Dec; existing porn posts to switch to private mode

Exceptional situations such as exposed female-presenting nipples related to breastfeeding, birth or after-birth moments and more would be allowed


Popular blogging site, Tumblr, has decided to take a stand against adult content on its platform. Come 17 December, and the site is expected to put into effect its ban on any sort of adult content on its platform.

"Adult content 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," according to the Tumblr blog post on the matter.

Tumblr to ban adult content from 17 Dec; existing porn posts to switch to private mode

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Exceptional situations such as exposed female-presenting nipples related to breastfeeding, birth or after-birth moments and health-related situations such as post-mastectomy or gender confirmation surgery will be allowed. Written content such as erotica, nudity related to political or news related speech or nudity in art can still be posted on Tumblr.

Tumblr app was recently removed from Apple's iOS App Store after it emerged that it was hosting content related to child pornography. Reportedly, the Tumblr app was found to be serving child pornography that had somehow bypassed the standard filters.

Post 17 December, explicit posts will be flagged and deleted by algorithms. Users also have the ability to report adult content on Tumblr. Posts containing porn will be set to private mode from 17 December and Tumblr is informing users who have such content on their profiles. Making pornographic posts private will prevent it from being reblogged or shared elsewhere within the Tumblr community.

In case you feel that your content has been mistakenly flagged as 'adult content' by Tumblr's algorithms, then you can appeal this decision using the button on the post in question.

"Please note that this process is only possible to complete on the web or the Tumblr Android app version 12.2 or later to review your flagged content. If you are on iOS, please use the web to appeal for now," said Tumblr.

Blogs marked as 'explicit' before 17 December, will not be taken down, but there would be content filters applied to them. For instance, they would be made private. Users under 18 years will not be able to access these blogs. Those who own these 'explicit' blogs will be given a chance by Tumblr to post 'safe for work' content going forward. Also, posts from such blogs will be kept out of search results.

The idea to blanket ban pornography on Tumblr has not really gone down too well with a lot of users on Twitter.

Tumblr CEO Jeff D'Onofrio told The Verge that Tumblr gave this decision a lot of thought before going forward.

"We’ve realised that in order to continue to fulfill our promise and place in culture, especially as it evolves, we must change," said D'Onofrio, adding that there were destinations online to access adult content.

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