Tumblr Announces New Ban On Adult Content

Tumblr has announced it will soon implement a permanent ban on adult content.

Read that "no more pornography."

A statement posted to the social media’s blog says, “Starting Dec 17, adult content will not be allowed on Tumblr, regardless how old you are.”

The ban comes after Tumblr was recently removed from Apple’s App Store over concerns about child pornography. 

The announcement goes on to list exactly what will be considered adult content: “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.”

That said, there are some exceptions like photos of classical statues, breastfeeding or depictions of nudity for the purpose of political protest.

Literary erotica will, however, be allowed. 

The blog post says the company is reaching out to Tumblr users whose content might be suspect per new algorithms that will detect the offending material.

After December 17, that content will be set to ‘private’ preventing other folks from seeing it and from be shared.

Tumblr is urging users to export their content before the new policies take place. 

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

This announcement comes not long after another policy change, announced in August, which banned hate speech, revenge porn and posts that appear to be the “glorification of violence.”

Tumblr is owned by a subsidiary of Verizon that also owns Yahoo, AOL, MapQuest, and the Huffington Post.

Twitter had to chime in, of course:

(h/t Tumblr, Newsweek)

9 thoughts on “Tumblr Announces New Ban On Adult Content”

  1. It’s a private platform, so I

    It's a private platform, so I guess they can do what they want. But I suspect that this is going to cut into their usage severely. 

  2. Good bye Tumblr.  I have a

    Good bye Tumblr.  I have a hand full of sites I follow.  Nothing I can't live without.  Life will go on and somebody else will come up with another way to present adult material for adults……

  3. I would like to know if

    I would like to know if Craigslist lost a good amount of users after they banned personal ads.  Me thinks tumblr will go the same way.

  4. I guess there’s rightwing

    I guess there's rightwing wacko pressure on Verizon or someone in charge about this.  Pretty soon you won't be able to post x pics of yourself on Yahoo email; only a matter of time before George Orwell's sci-fi horrors will come true, and it will be the Jesus-Trump internet!  So much for American free speech! 



  6. If I were PornHub, or any

    If I were PornHub, or any other porn site, I'd expand into social media and the sharing of independently produced content. Given the amount of media play on recent decisions blocking the sharing of and access to adult content by Starbucks and Tumblr, it seems that there would be quite a bit of demand for these services.

  7. That’s disgusting. I’ve never

    That's disgusting. I've never seen any child porn on Tumblr. I would've reported it. Adults should be able to watch adult porn on Tumblr.

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