One of the Internet’s most notorious platforms for pornographic images has announced plans to prohibit all nudity and images of an adult nature. Tumblr, a predominant blogging site used by many photographers, will implement the changes on December 17.
Many photographers — professional and hobbyist alike — have used the site to promote their work over the years, but there’s no denying its reputation for being diluted with adult content. Much like Twitter, the site permits pornographic images. Last month, however, Tumblr faced animosity after the app was banned from the App Store by Apple due to child pornography being discovered on the platform.
In a new blog post, Tumblr CEO Jeff D’Onofrio outlined plans to create a more 'positive' Tumblr, stating: Posts that contain adult content will no longer be allowed on Tumblr, and we’ve updated our Community Guidelines to reflect this policy change. Bottom line: There are no shortage of sites on the internet that feature adult content. We will leave it to them and focus our efforts on creating the most welcoming environment possible for our community.
As per the new rules, “real life” genitals, nipples, and anything depicting a sex act will be banned. This includes any artwork by professional photographers. New algorithms will be tasked with identifying and privatizing any posts deemed inappropriate. Anything already in existence on the site will only be viewable by the user who posted the content.
Tumblr has tried to clean up its act since 2013, when Verizon, who acquired the site, were seemingly unsatisfied with the reputation the site had acquired.