After years of countless complaints from users, Tumblr has finally announced that it will soon prohibit users from uploading porn starting 17 December, in an effort to deal with the platform’s ongoing issues–namely child pornography and other illegal content. This issue has been going on for too long and we’re glad that Tumblr is finally making a stand.
In a public statement regarding the ban, Tumblr CEO Jeff D’Onofrio explains that it will use programmes taught by humans to identify and flag content that doesn’t follow the new guideline:
“Starting December 17, 2018, we will begin enforcing this new policy. Community members with content that is no longer permitted on Tumblr will get a heads up from us in advance and steps they can take to appeal or preserve their content outside the community if they so choose. All changes won’t happen overnight as something of this complexity takes time.
Another thing, filtering this type of content versus say, a political protest with nudity or the statue of David, is not simple at scale. We’re relying on automated tools to identify adult content and humans to help train and keep our systems in check. We know there will be mistakes, but we’ve done our best to create and enforce a policy that acknowledges the breadth of expression we see in the community.”
It will be a bumpy road for users with this new policy, but Tumblr has assured that it understands the importance of creative freedom and expression. Even though much of what lives on Tumblr is pornography, the platform rose to fame for its relationships between creators and fandoms, and its “graphic” content is one of the reasons why creators still go there to share their work.
Malaysians who grew up during the Tumblr days with 8mbps internet speed, understand the impact of it–starting as a platform for self-discovery, cheesy emo quotes and fandom, and then turning into “just pornography”. We hope that this new policy will help get rid of the horrible, illegal content while letting creative communities have the freedom of expression, even though it’s graphic.
And yes, this means no more Malay porn.
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