A simple HTML hack lets you circumvent Tumblr adult content ban, but there’s a caveat
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We have already highlighted a couple of ways in which users so far managed to fool Tumblr’s content censoring bots that the company is using to implement its blanket ban on adult/NSFW/explicit content.
The first trick involved transplanting an owl’s image on a pic that was marked as explicit by the bots. Here’s an example of that:
So here's something. Users are testing the limits of Tumblr's new algorithm that flags adult content (aka "censorbot"). This one found that a man's chest was flagged, but a man's chest next a 50% scale owl went unnoticed.
— Chappell Ellison ٩( ᐛ )و✎ (@ChappellTracker) December 7, 2018
The other trick, as we described in detail here, involved tagging your blog as SFW.
YOU CAN GET AROUND TUMBLR'S ALGORITHM SIMPLY BY TAGGING YOUR POST # SFW
THE BOTS ARE LITTERALLY FLOODING TUMBLR AGAIN
TUMBLR HAD ONE JOB AND THEY COMPLETLY FUCKED IT UP
IM FUCKING WHEEZING
— I Will Down-B On Your Face (@TorchPerverse) December 10, 2018
this just in: porn bots on tumblr are evading being flagged/taken down by just straight up tagging their sexy posts as 'SFW' and it works
like, this is some Looney Tunes shit 2018 pic.twitter.com/JdnP8aoMcL
— Insomniac Arrest (@InsomniaArrest) December 11, 2018
And now, we have come across another hack that lets you unhide your flagged Tumblr blog. As you might know, Tumblr’s censoring includes flagging adult posts and blogs and explicit. Flagged content is then made private, meaning it’s only visible to the owner.
However, an adult blog owner on Tumblr did a simple HTML hack through which they removed the filtering done by Tumblr on their blog.
As per the user, when a blog is flagged by Tumblr’s censoring bots, a line of code is added to disable the explicit toggle in your blog settings. So, all you need to do is to undo this change by editing the HTML.
The user also shared a post on their Tumblr blog describing in detail (with screenshots as proof) how they managed to remove the changes done by Tumblr on their adult blog.
Here’s their blog, named archonixafterdark:
And here’s its settings page:
As you can see, the ‘archonixafterdark is explicit’ setting is enabled and has been locked that way by Tumblr. Here’s how the user hacked this change:
If you right-click on that toggle and click “inspect element”, you can change that
Notice how the input tag has a disabled attribute? Just remove that whole attribute – specifically disabled=“disabled”:
The toggle is now active
And now, after a quick refresh, my old (crap, but real) icon and header image are back, and the blog is no longer treated as hidden or explicit.
The toggle also disappears after the refresh, but it’s worth noting that you can also edit the toggle back into the settings panel and change your blog back to explicit if you so desire.
This is a perfect example of the laziness of tumblr’s devs. They haven’t removed the functionality, they’ve just kinda-sorta hidden it a bit; the end-point that the explicit toggle hits is still there
The only caveat here is the user says the company is aware of this trick now and many users have been reporting the trick doesn’t work any longer. But hey, it’s a small effort if you want to still try it out.
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