Tumblr to ban 'adult' content from 17th Dec

387[997] Various news sites are reporting that Tumblr is planning to ban all ‘adult’ content as from the 17th of Dec.

The following is from The Verve article by Shannon Liao on the 3rd of Dec (full article here):

Tumblr will permanently ban adult content from its platform on December 17th in a move that will eradicate porn-related communities on the platform and fundamentally alter how the service is used. The ban includes explicit sexual content and nudity with a few exceptions, the company tells The Verge. The new policy’s announcement comes just days after Tumblr was removed from Apple’s iOS App Store over a child pornography incident, but it extends far beyond that matter alone. “Adult content will no longer be allowed here,” the company flatly stated in a blog post published on Monday.

Banned content includes photos, videos, and GIFs of human genitalia, female-presenting nipples, and any media involving sex acts, including illustrations. 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.

After December 17th, any explicit posts will be flagged and deleted by algorithms. For now, Tumblr is emailing users who have posted adult content flagged by algorithms and notifying them that their content will soon be hidden from view. Posts with porn content will be set to private, which will prevent them from being reblogged or shared elsewhere in the Tumblr community.

There are a few problems with this. They mention “porn-related communities” to be eradicated. Defining porn is a tricky challenge these days. Are a woman’s bare breasts considered porn? I suspect that the answer to that would be no … for the majority of people in the Western World.

I am also unsure what the full extent of switching sites to “Private” mode means.

Also they state that “ . . . any explicit posts will be flagged and deleted by algorithms”. I wonder how accurate these algorithms will be and how will they effectively define “explicit posts”.

Hopefully beautiful pictures like this featuring arousing sexy high heels will not be affected.

This picture is obviously a picture of the high heels as the sexy shoes are in pencil point sharp focus, whereas the face of the model is not.

Very appealing photograph.