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TUMBLR Loses Over 87 Million Users In 1 Month After Ban of Adult Pictures

TUMBLR Loses Over 87 Million Users In 1 Month After Ban of Adult Pictures

TUMBLR’s ban on adult content  has cost the sharing platform  over one-fifth of its users in its first month of being instituted.

Visits to the Tumblr website fell from 521 million in December to 437 million in January, according to data from various web analytics traffic sites.

The ban, which came into effect on December 17th, provoked a backlash from users who claimed it would penalize sex-positive, LGBT and NSFW art communities.

Tumblr’s decision to update its content policy on all adult contact after the discovery of  child sexual abuse imagery on a few of it’s accounts after it was reported.

The decision proved controversial among many users and prompted a movement known as the “log off” protest to encourage people to leave the site

In defending the ban Tumblr said it still wanted to still be a platform for LGBT conversations.

“Tumblr will always be a place to explore your identity,” it wrote. “Tumblr has always been home to marginalized communities and always will be,” Tumblr wrote.

“We fully recognize Tumblr’s special obligation to these communities and are committed to ensuring that our new policy on adult content does not silence the vital conversations that take place here every day.”

One online petition calling for the policy to be reversedreceiving more than 600,000 signatures.

“Let people post porn, it’s 90 per cent of the reason anybody is on the site in the first place,” the petition states.

Ain’t it the truth.

TUMBLR To Ban All Adult Content Beginning December 17th.

TUMBLR To Ban All Adult Content Beginning December 17th.

After discovering that its website had a few pages posted child pornography Tumblr’s CEO has announced the social media platform will ban ALL pornographic imagery on its hundreds of thousands of Tumblr pages

In a lengthy post the new changes were announced, and will take effect December 17:

A better, more positive Tumblr:

Since its founding in 2007, Tumblr has always been a place for wide open, creative self-expression at the heart of community and culture. To borrow from our founder David Karp, we’re proud to have inspired a generation of artists, writers, creators, curators, and crusaders to redefine our culture and to help empower individuality.

Over the past several months, and inspired by our storied past, we’ve given serious thought to who we want to be to our community moving forward and have been hard at work laying the foundation for a better Tumblr. We’ve realized that in order to continue to fulfill our promise and place in culture, especially as it evolves, we must change. Some of that change began with fostering more constructive dialogue among our community members. Today, we’re taking another step by no longer allowing adult content, including explicit sexual content and nudity (with some exceptions).

Let’s first be unequivocal about something that should not be confused with today’s policy change: posting anything that is harmful to minors, including child pornography, is abhorrent and has no place in our community. We’ve always had and always will have a zero tolerance policy for this type of content. To this end, we continuously invest in the enforcement of this policy, including industry-standard machine monitoring, a growing team of human moderators, and user tools that make it easy to report abuse. We also closely partner with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the Internet Watch Foundation, two invaluable organizations at the forefront of protecting our children from abuse, and through these partnerships we report violations of this policy to law enforcement authorities. We can never prevent all bad actors from attempting to abuse our platform, but we make it our highest priority to keep the community as safe as possible.

So what is changing?

Posts that contain adult content will no longer be allowed on Tumblr, and we’ve updated our Community Guidelines to reflect this policy change. We recognize Tumblr is also a place to speak freely about topics like art, sex positivity, your relationships, your sexuality, and your personal journey. We want to make sure that we continue to foster this type of diversity of expression in the community, so our new policy strives to strike a balance.

Why are we doing this?

It is our continued, humble aspiration that Tumblr be a safe place for creative expression, self-discovery, and a deep sense of community. As Tumblr continues to grow and evolve, and our understanding of our impact on our world becomes clearer, we have a responsibility to consider that impact across different age groups, demographics, cultures, and mindsets. We spent considerable time weighing the pros and cons of expression in the community that includes adult content. In doing so, it became clear that without this content we have the opportunity to create a place where more people feel comfortable expressing themselves.

Bottom line: There are no shortage of sites on the internet that feature adult content. We will leave it to them and focus our efforts on creating the most welcoming environment possible for our community.

So what’s next?

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.

Most importantly, we’re going to be as transparent as possible with you about the decisions we’re making and resources available to you, including more detailed information, product enhancements, and more content moderators to interface directly with the community and content.

Like you, we love Tumblr and what it’s come to mean for millions of people around the world. Our actions are out of love and hope for our community. We won’t always get this right, especially in the beginning, but we are determined to make your experience a positive one.

Jeff D’Onofrio

So instead of actually monitoring for illegal activities (child porn, animal cruelty, etc) they’re just going to sanitize the entire site.

Behold, the next MySpace

Dan Savage On Suicide Of Trans Teen Leelah Alcorn: Her Parents Should Be Prosecuted For Murder

Dan Savage Leah

Meanwhile, last night hundreds of people gathered for a candlelight vigil for Leelah in Ohio.

CNN got a brief quote from Leelah’s mother who still refuses to recognize Leelah’s gender as female.

When Josh Alcorn voiced a desire to live as a girl, the Ohio teenager’s parents said they wouldn’t stand for that. “We don’t support that, religiously,” Alcorn’s mother told CNN Wednesday, her voice breaking. “But we told him that we loved him unconditionally. We loved him no matter what. I loved my son. People need to know that I loved him. He was a good kid, a good boy.” Crossing out the name “Josh,” the 17-year-old signed the name “Leelah” in a suicide note posted to Tumblr. The note was programmed to publish after Alcorn’s death Sunday. The teenager was struck by a tractor-trailer on Interstate 71 around 2:15 a.m., about four miles from home in the tiny town of Kings Mills, northeast of Cincinnati. The Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating the death as a suicide.

Leelah Alcorn’s tortured yet eloquent Tumblr account has been deleted. It is unknown if this was done by the request of her family.


NEW TUMBLR: Eagle Scouts Returning Their Badges

Back2Stonewall reader Bob S. tipped us off to a Tumblr that shows a bunch of photos of letters to the Boy Scouts of America National Executive Board from Eagle Scouts who are returning their Eagle Scout badges due to the BSA’s homophobic policy. If you know someone who has done this tell them to contribute their letter here.

One Eagle Scout, Joseph Hartman, wrote,

Because of your reaffirmation of your policy to ban openly gay members, it is with a heavy heart and with sorrow, that I relinquish my rank of Eagle Scout and any past or present affiliation with the Boy Scouts of America.

Until the past month, I have been a proud Eagle Scout and strove to live the values I was taught as a boy and a young man. I was a Brotherhood member of the Order of the Arrow, I worked at Philmont Scout Ranch as a Ranger and have credited the Boy Scouts as the reason I have found meaningful success in my adulthood. I’ve held the rank of Eagle since the paperwork was signed on my Eagle packet at my final review board on November 14, 2002. That day is seared in my memory, not only because I attended my final board, but because I also attended the funeral of one of my best friends and fellow Eagle Scout who died in a car wreck. I do not take this renunciation lightly and it is one of the hardest things I have ever done.

I’m not doing this because of my opinion on homosexuality. While I support same-sex marriage and equality, this has nothing to do with why I am currently ashamed to be a part of the present-day Boy Scouts of America. Religious equality and diversity was one of the most meaningful values I was taught during my time as a Scout. As a Protestant, I attended my first and only Catholic Mass and Latter-Day Saints service as a Scout. There are religions and denominations that accept the equality of same-sex couples and their beliefs should be respected as well.

We came together as a Troop of boys from different backgrounds, religions and beliefs and found a common ground to do what was best for our community and country. That was the Boy Scouts of America I was proud to be a part of, but it is not the organization that exists today.

He also goes on to cite the 10th Point of the  Scout Law

A Scout is Brave.

A Scout can face danger although he is afraid. He has the courage to stand for what he thinks is right even if others laugh at him or threaten him.

It’s great to see allies, queer or straight, willing to give up their hard-earned, well-deserved honors from this organization in the name of equality.

Thank you!