Tumblr Banning All Adult Content

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The best thing about Tumblr -was- the adult content, tbh. Dec 17th their ban hammer comes down. :(

"Where do I report that Tumblr's new policy is both OBSCENE and OFFENSIVE?" *grumblesigh*
 

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No kidding. And some of the verbiage of their announcements has been met with huge scorn, as they claim they've 'always' been committed to blah blah principles blah blah, while at the same time being completely neglectful about banning rampant bots spewing content that's actually illegal.

So, I suppose anything with more than 50% of the pixels in the spectrum of skin tones will just get auto-banned by bots from now on. Cheap bastards.
 

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THANK HEAVEN REDDIT STILL DOES PORN IN AN ADEQUATELY ACCEPTABLE FASHION.
 

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Tumblr will ban all adult content on December 17th

The key seems to be here, although I imagine the recent child porn outbreak/discovery likely tipped the balance:

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.
I gave up on them with their GDPR shenanigans, wherein they broke RSS feeds, returning the same capture page as if visited by a browser, rather than RSS info, presumably unless you provide authentication (and turn off all the tracking, though they seemed to make that impossible a few weeks after quietly admitting they "shared" your data with 299 "partners").

Still, it's fun seeing the boost in Mastodon user numbers in the past day. ^_^
 
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Mastodon will have issues with this too, at least certain instances. The cultural background of those effectively running our countries makes it inevitable.

I'm half surprised the Democratic party in the US hasn't resurrected Tipper Gore.
 

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The actual porn can all easily go elsewhere, fairly uninhibited, and everyone involved knows this. It's the creative industries and outlets that get stifled, as it always goes with their policies.

(eta: and this is by design too, it's not incompetence)
 
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so thats like... majority of their traffic, right? i kinda feel like they are shooting themselves in the foot just to appease apple
To be honest, Tumblr has always hemorrhaged money. This is probably a way to quietly shut it down by making it irrelevant.
 
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re: tumblr, maybe not shutting it down but pushing off "undesirable" users and rebranding, or at least attempting that first. Typically it's not users these platforms need so much, but investors(advertisers included). There's really not much appeal to get users paying for tumblr either.

I appreciate switter over on Mastodon and what they're doing, but there's just no way they'll avoid legal threats over it. And apparently they've already had their plug pulled once. The porn industry making the most riches off it aren't as likely to face these threats, for a variety of reasons.

Assembly Four – Cloudflare and FOSTA/SESTA
 
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It's almost like something happened yesterday. =:D (Check out the "hourly increase" on the upper chart)

Switter's certainly attracted unwanted attention, but, that's the benefit of federation - there's no single point of failure, and instances can be located wherever they wish. Currently, I believe Switter's hosted in Australia. m.s is in Germany, kznk.me is in Japan. I think lgbt.io's in the US, but we're a fairly drama-free instance. ^_^

 
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When it comes to adult content, I've always found it odd that searches on google video are censored while Microsoft's bing video search are not.
 

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I do not use tumblr but policies like this are frustrating. They practically always consider lgbt content more offensive than pretty much the same content in a straight/cis setting. Some of the stuff disney has been fine with in their films would have had the banhammer slapped down immediately if you just changed the characters being depicted.
 

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... It's the creative industries and outlets that get stifled, as it always goes with their policies.
Exactly what I was using tumblr to browse. Creative, weird, new, gender bending and transformational stuff. Stuff that's so out there that even the Japanese don't have hashtags for it. And now, all that will just simply vanish because no one can agree on what to call it, so aside from a few named creative types moving over to gumroad or patreon, it'll all just be gone.
 

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I do not use tumblr but policies like this are frustrating. They practically always consider lgbt content more offensive than pretty much the same content in a straight/cis setting. Some of the stuff disney has been fine with in their films would have had the banhammer slapped down immediately if you just changed the characters being depicted.
Also, BDSM stuff is usually automatically considered porn, even when its just a woman wearing a collar with a lollipop. Both of these things are frustrating as all get out, because its saying 'this stuff is automagically 'adult'
 

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expect a massive account deletion the day before.. owners are already getting massive viewer drops.. every other post now is someone sharing a post talking about the ruling. or trying see what post the algorithm will flag.

it seems pretty inconsistant across the board... people are jumping to discord,reddit, deviant, blogger, twitter.. others are just straight up shutting down with no intention of returning. it's pure panic mode...