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Tumblr To Ban All Adult Content

If you were one of the many people who enjoyed using Tumblr for porn, you might want to start looking for your next favorite site.

The social media platform announced today that it will be deleting all adult content in two weeks on December 17th.

As the site says on their staff account:

“Posts that contain adult content will no longer be allowed on Tumblr, and we’ve updated our Community Guidelines to reflect this policy change. We recognize Tumblr is also a place to speak freely about topics like art, sex positivity, your relationships, your sexuality, and your personal journey. We want to make sure that we continue to foster this type of diversity of expression in the community, so our new policy strives to strike a balance.”

That means any accounts containing adult content, aka pornography, of any kind will be in danger of being deleted. But don’t worry, it might not get deleted on exactly the 17th, as the staff explain.

“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. All changes won’t happen overnight as something of this complexity takes time.”

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But why’s this happening? It’s because Tumblr accidentally let child porn onto its site. Download.com came forward with information that showed Tumblr’s algorithm somehow allowed child pornography through its filter. When Apple found this out, it removed the social media app from its app store. This then affected Tumblr’s advertisement revenue.

Trying to do crowd control and PR damage control, Tumblr released the following statement:

“Every image uploaded to Tumblr is scanned against an industry database of known child sexual abuse material, and images that are detected never reach the platform,” Tumblr said in a new statement posted Monday. “A routine audit discovered content on our platform that had not yet been included in the industry database. We immediately removed this content. Content safeguards are a challenging aspect of operating scaled platforms. We’re continuously assessing further steps we can take to improve and there is no higher priority for our team.”

But many internet users are now preparing to leave the social media app and site in a great exodus. Many joke that the site was primarily used for pornography anyway, so things might get pretty harry for Tumblr’s staff.

What will befall Tumblr after December 17? Will most of its users leave or just stick with blogging there and finding porn elsewhere? We’ll see in two weeks.