Tumblr deleting NSFW blogs, purge affecting SFW blogs as well

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Update (November 21):

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Original story follows:

So the Tumblr app has been missing from the App Store for days now. Those who have the app installed can’t search for NSFW content (as Safe Mode is permanently ON for the moment). Tumblr has acknowledged the problem, and also shared the reason behind it.

So that’s all what has happened so far. Now the question is what the company is doing currently. Of course, the answer is they trying to get this mess fixed. But how? By deleting all kind of NSFW blogs and even some SFW blogs?

Well, we aren’t saying this. It’s the users who are alleging that all this is happening. Here are some tweets that should give you a better idea on what all is going on.

So there you go. A lot of innocent blogs (those that are nowhere related to child pornography) are apparently collateral damage in Tumblr’s ongoing effort to clean the platform.

Thankfully, we also came across reports that some users who contacted Tumblr support over accidental deletion got their blogs back. So you can try contacting the company if your blog was also accidentally purged.

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Dr. Aparajita Sharma

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