Ghost says it's a "powerful, customizable" alternative to Tumblr

Himanshu Arora Himanshu Arora Dec 05, 2018 News

NOTE: For all latest, breaking news related to Tumblr adult content ban as well as its alternatives, head here.

Update (December 09):

For all latest updates on the ongoing Tumblr adult content ban episode, head here.

Update (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.

Update (October 08):

Owl pics? Here’s how Tumblr censor bots are being fooled.

Update (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.

Update (October 06):

Want to move Tumblr blog to another platform? Here’s how to export data.

Update (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.

Update (December 05):

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.

Original story follows:

In the wake of Tumblr’s recent big announcement that it’s banning all adult/explicit/NSFW content on its platform (save for few exceptions), PiunikaWeb was one of the very first publications that brought you a list of Tumblr alternatives.

In that coverage, we highlighted how services like Newgrounds and Pillowfort are overtly trying to court Tumblr users who are planning to leave the platform due to the recent change. In fact, Newgrounds says a lot of Tumblr users have already joined them.

Apart from these two, we have now stumbled upon a third platform which is trying to make out the most from the current Tumblr situation. It’s called Ghost.

Hello Tumblr users! — We’ve just updated this page based on the recent Tumblr news

This is what the official Ghost website currently has written on top of its page comparing Ghost to Tumblr. The company explains post the adult content ban announcement from Tumblr, a lot of users are vising their website, so they thought of updating it with relevant info.

The page refers to Mastodon as the correct choice for those looking for Tumblr-like social network.

It’s a completely decentralized social network which combines the best bits of Twitter and Tumblr, but the technology is structured in a way whereby it can never be shut down. It’s also completely ad-free, and doesn’t censor any content. You can join an existing Mastodon community or start a new one

Ghost, on the other hand, is for those who have a publication with a large audience, and they want professional software hosted on their own domain.

Ghost is a completely independent platform which gives you control of the technology, the content and the audience – so nobody can shut you down

You can read about Ghost in detail by heading here.

I know most of the people migrating from Tumblr are those who are NSFW or adult content creators. So the question is, is Ghost for them? Well, we tried to find some information relevant to this, and here’s what we spotted in the company’s Terms of Services:

Ghost Foundation may permit, in its sole discretion, adult websites that abide by law and regulation

So there you go. The language doesn’t seem very encouraging, but you can get in touch with their support to know more info about their stance on adult content.

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Himanshu Arora

My interest in technology and writing started back in 2010. Since then, I have written for many leading publications, including Computerworld, GSMArena, TechSpot, HowtoForge, LinuxJournal, and MakeTechEasier to name a few. Here at PiunikaWeb, my work involves covering on daily basis the biggest tech stories as well as scoops that you won't find anywhere else.