December 4, 2018 at 3:55 pm EST | by Mariah Cooper
Tumblr bans adult content upsetting users

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Tumblr porn will soon be a thing of the past. The short-form blog site is officially banning adult content on Dec. 17.

Banned content includes multimedia (photos, videos and GIFs) of “sex acts, human genitalia and female-presenting nipples,” according to the Verge.

Tumblr CEO Jeff D’Onofrio detailed the ban in a blog post.

“Over the past several months, and inspired by our storied past, we’ve given serious thought to who we want to be to our community moving forward and have been hard at work laying the foundation for a better Tumblr,” D’Onofrio writes. “We’ve realized that in order to continue to fulfill our promise and place in culture, especially as it evolves, we must change … Today, we’re taking another step by no longer allowing adult content, including explicit sexual content and nudity (with some exceptions).”

D’Onofrio continues: “Community members with content that is no longer permitted on Tumblr will get a heads up from us in advance and steps they can take to appeal or preserve their content outside the community if they so choose.”

The ban comes a few weeks after the Tumblr app was removed from the Apple App Store following a crackdown on child pornography on the site. Although Tumblr screens for this content, there was still some child pornography found on the site.

Some users were alarmed at the adult content ban as the website was one of the few social media websites where porn was allowed. The social media community also had accumulated a large number of artists (many who identify as LGBT) who produced art that would now be deemed adult content.


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