Tumblr porn ban


Remember when Tumblr banned porn last year December 17, 2018? Let’s recap here for a second. Tumblr decided to permanently ban adult content after its app was removed from the Apple store because illegal content surfaced. Ever since Tumblr had a traffic drop of approximately 20% (that is a hefty amount of users).

Despite this traffic drop, Tumblr defends their decision to ban adult content from their platform and says it “doesn’t regret” their decision to do so, despite the fact one fifth of their users have now left their blogging platform.

According to the independent.co.uk

This porn ban did not come without criticism from its users. Many of its users argued that the ban mainly targeted LGBT, sex-positive and NSFW art communities.

We made a strategic decision for the business that better positions it for long-term growth among more types of users,” a Tumblr spokesperson told The Independent. “This was the right decision.

Since the ban, Tumblr’s visitor count fell from 521 million in December 2018 to 437 million in January according to figures from data analytics company SimilarWeb which was revealed earlier this week.

Most of the users that left Tumblr were most likely part of the “log off” protest. This movement was formed because of the porn ban and was encouraging people to leave the site.

After the discovery of illegal pornographic content on some blogs Tumblr decided to change their content policy. Those against the ban said, the new policy is a suppression of free speech instead of measures against illegal content.

According to an article in 2018 written by theverge.com

The porn ban includes explicit sexual content and nudity with a few exceptions. The exceptions include nude classical statues and political protests that feature nudity. The new guidelines exclude text, so erotica remains permitted. Illustrations and art that feature nudity are still okay so long as sex acts aren’t depicted, and so are breastfeeding and after-birth photos.

As a result of this ban a petition emerged which has received over more then 600,000 signatures.

The petition states –

Stop it. Let people post porn, it’s 90% of the reason anybody is on the site in the first place.
Or, if you really want a non-18+ tumblr, start a new one with that specific goal in mind. Don’t rip down what people have spent years working on.

Tumblr stated previously it wanted and hoped to remain a platform for LGBT communities and conversations where they can explore their identity, and that they fully recognize their special obligation to these communities and are committed to ensure their new policy on pornographic explicit content does not silence the vital conversations that take place on Tumblr.

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