Tumblr Bans All Adult Content Featuring Human Genitals, Female Nipples
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Tumblr announced on December 3rd, 2018 via a blog post that it was moving toward being a “better, more positive Tumblr” by banning all adult content featuring human genitals and female nipples.

The post, in no uncertain terms, makes it known that adult content will no longer be allowed on the platform starting December 17th, 2018, with CEO Jeff D’Onofrio writing…

“[…] We’ve realized that in order to continue to fulfill our promise and place in culture, especially as it evolves, we must change. Some of that change began with fostering more constructive dialogue among our community members. Today, we’re taking another step by no longer allowing adult content, including explicit sexual content and nudity (with some exceptions)”

Over on the new community content policy page relating to adult content, Tumblr outlines what sort of adult content won’t be allowed on the platform, detailing that human genitalia, female-presenting nipples, and any content depicting sex acts are now prohibited from being displayed on Tumblr…

“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. “

They also note that female nipples from transgenders are fine, breastfeeding photographs featuring female nipples are fine, and non-sexualized imagery of female nipples during or after birth is fine, along with health-related issues or post-mastectomy photos.

Some art is also allowed, including nudity found in art such as sculptures or illustrations, but obviously not erotic art. You can, however, continue to post erotic text, just without any graphic illustrations to match.

Nudity through political or “newsworthy” speech is still allowed, likely involving Pride parades or such, but explicit nudity for titillation is no longer allowed.

Even with this ban on adult content, Tumblr stated that it was still aiming to expand its community with considerations for “diverse” audiences, with D’Onofrio explaining…

“It is our continued, humble aspiration that Tumblr be a safe place for creative expression, self-discovery, and a deep sense of community. As Tumblr continues to grow and evolve, and our understanding of our impact on our world becomes clearer, we have a responsibility to consider that impact across different age groups, demographics, cultures, and mindsets. We spent considerable time weighing the pros and cons of expression in the community that includes adult content. In doing so, it became clear that without this content we have the opportunity to create a place where more people feel comfortable expressing themselves.”

On December 17th the automated system will kick in and start flagging “inappropriate” content as “NSFW”, or Not Safe For Work. However, the early implementations of this process are affecting more than just adult content.

Ironically enough, despite trying to target the “safe space” crowd, even the gay community is taking Tumblr to task for their move to censor all adult content from the platform involving human genitalia and female-presenting nipples, because it’s not limited to just nudity.

Another interesting thing is that since the description is for “human genitals”, I wonder if the Furry crowd will attempt to find ways around this by posting up animal genitalia? And what about artists who create alien genitalia? Will that be prohibited? The rules are oddly specific and obviously leave out certain artistic demographics in its flagrant establishment of what is labeled as “Adult Content”.

Now there are some people who are defending Tumblr on this decision because they claim that the platform had become home to “child porn”, and therefore Tumblr needed to ban all adult content in order to keep the child porn off the platform. Others were a little less optimistic about the decision.

(Thanks for the news tip Bobby)


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