[Cont. Updated] All about Tumblr adult ban, alternative platforms, and more
Updates (December 13)
Tumblr has been accused of shadow banning visual artists, while users and porn bots have been exploiting a new loop hole to avoid being flagged by Tumblr’s censoring bots. All this and more in our latest coverage here.
Updates (December 12):
-> Tumblr alternative PillowFort clarifies stance on sexually explicit art featuring minors. Details here.
-> Tumblralt is a Tumblr alternative from engineers within Tumblr community. Read more about it here.
Updates (December 11):
Dark Cloud has jumped into the Tumblr alternatives bandwagon. The company has announced Tumblr Converter, a tool will allow users to convert their Tumblr account to a Dark Cloud profile. Details here.
Updates (December 09):
We have stumbled upon two more platforms – Explicitr and Suffra – that are also pitching themselves as Tumblr alternatives. More info on them here.
Updates (October 08):
Owl pics? Here’s how Tumblr censor bots are being fooled.
Updates (December 07):
BREAKING: A secret new Tumblr alternative might be in offering. Yes, screenshots detailing some features of the new platform have been shared by someone who says they received them from an “anonymous source”. For details, head here.
Updates (October 06):
Want to move Tumblr blog to another platform? Here’s how to export data.
Updates (December 05):
-> Tumblr users are planning a 24 hour ‘log off’ protest against the company’s recently announced porn ban, but will it help? Read our latest coverage by heading here.
-> An uproar of sorts has broken out on social media over the use of the term “female-presenting nipples” in Tumblr’s official ‘adult content ban’ announcement. We bring you a potential reason behind the use of this term. Details here.
Updates (December 04):
-> Tumblr’s blanket ban on adult content: Here are some of the hilarious memes we found.
-> Embarrassing but true: Tumblr’s algorithms flagged its own announcement as explicit/adult. Details here.
-> An NSFW Tumblr artist’s Change.org petition (seeking to reverse the adult content ban ) has got over 160,000 signs in 15 hours. For details, head here.
-> Tumblr alternatives/replacements: Newgrounds, Pillowfort, and more. For details, head here.
-> Want to know why is Verizon owned Tumblr banning adult content December 17 onward? Read our latest coverage on the matter by heading here.
Updates (December 03):
Tumblr allowing NSFW ads despite blocking everything explicit. More info here.
Updates (November 22):
Has Tumblr started losing user base? Services like Newgrounds are confirming that they are getting users who migrated fro Tumblr. Details here.
Updates (November 21):
Until now, users of Tumblr for Android have been affected by the Safe Mode changes. However, now it has come to light that the censorship update has hit Android as well (Safe Mode turn off is now also not working on Tumblr for Android). Details here.
Updates (November 20):
Users are alleging that Tumblr’s fight with Child porn has resulted in deletion of a lot of NSFW blogs and even some SFW blogs as well. Details here.
Updates (November 19):
Tumblr has revealed the reason behind these ongoing troubles: it’s child pornography. Here’s the company’s exact statement:
We’re committed to helping build a safe online environment for all users, and we have a zero tolerance policy when it comes to media featuring child sexual exploitation and abuse. As this is an industry-wide problem, we work collaboratively with our industry peers and partners like NCMEC to actively monitor content uploaded to the platform. 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. 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
Updates (November 17):
Tumblr has officially acknowledged the iOS issue. Meanwhile, we have also found a potential workaround to the ‘app missing from App Store’ issue. Details here.
Original story follows:
Looks like Tumblr users are facing some major issues. We are seeing reports on Twitter that the ability to search for NSFW or explicit content is currently not working. In other words, the Safe Mode search filter apparently remains active even if you explicitly turn it off.
Other concern that’s coming to light is that the app has gone missing from the App Store. Some of the users who deleted the app for some reason found this nasty surprise when they tried re-installing the app from the App Store. Others, who were installing the app for the first time also complained the same.
Following is a selection of tweets that should give you a better idea on the ongoing Tumblr-related problems:
why is. the tumblr app not in the store
— 🍨 (@hereticess) November 16, 2018
what is going on with tumblr, why is the search automatically on safe search.
— 🥛 (@gangtanboys) November 16, 2018
I UNINSTALLED TUMBLR OFF MY PHONE TO MAKE SPACE AND NOW IM TRYING TO REINSTALL IT BUT IT SAYS ITS NOT AVAILABLE ON CANADIAN APPLE STORE???????????? HELLO?????????????????????????????
— rachel and quinn were in love (@lesbianeeyore) November 16, 2018
I’m just trying to watch some porn and they took the damn tumblr app off the App Store and it wasn’t working for me. Pfft I’m going to bed. 😔
— Austin (@AJSutherland96) November 16, 2018
Y’all wtf happened with Tumblr??? The app isn’t in the App Store & it’s automatically on safe search or they just deleted any explicit content & I’m really confused
— Kenz Kringle 🎄🤶🏼LOVES DEMI❤️//LM5 (@ddlovatic_az) November 16, 2018
Currently, the missing app problem seems to be limited to App Store as Tumblr’s play store listing is in tact. We are continuously monitoring the situation, and will let you know as and when a news-worthy development takes place.
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