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Tumblr to ban all adult content starting Dec. 17

Chris Pastrick
| Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, 1:33 p.m.

Starting Dec. 17, Tumblr will permanently ban all adult content from its site.

The move, detailed on the site via a posting in its Community section, is part of an effort by the company to clean itself up.Currently, the site hosts a large number of porn-related communities. Once the ban starts, the post says, “adult content will not be allowed on Tumblr, regardless of how old you are.”

Tumblr says it considers adult content to be “photos, videos, or GIFs that show real-life human genitals or female-presenting nipples, and any content – including photos, videos, GIFs and illustrations – that depicts sex acts.”

Tumblr, a microblogging and social networking website, has nearly 450 million blogs on the site, according to its own numbers.

CEO Jeff D’Onofrio wrote in a recent blog post , “Since its founding in 2007, Tumblr has always been a place for wide open, creative self-expression at the heart of community and culture. … We’ve given serious thought to who we want to be to our community moving forward. We’ve realized that in order to continue to fulfill our promise and place in culture, especially as it evolves, we must change.”

Users who spot questionable content, they are urged to report it.

What will be permitted on Tumblr will be erotic writings, nudity found in art, such as sculptures and illustrations.

“There are no shortage of sites on the internet that feature adult content,” D’Onofrio said. “We will leave it to them and focus our efforts on creating the most welcoming environment possible for our community.

Chris Pastrick is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Chris at 724-226-4697, cpastrick@tribweb.com or via Twitter @CPastrickTrib.

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