“Starting Dec 17,” popular online blogging site Tumblr announced, “adult content will not be allowed on Tumblr, regardless of how old you are. You can read more about what kinds of content are not allowed on Tumblr in our Community Guidelines.” At CoinSpice.io we have never engaged with online adult content, and so we have no idea to what they’re referring. We’ve heard the site allows very explicit imagery and the like. That appears to be changing, though it won’t impact us at CoinSpice.io at all because we don’t view online pornography, due to a recent dust up the platform had with Apple’s iOS application store.
Tumblr Bans Adult Content
“If you spot a post that you don’t think belongs on Tumblr,” the company continued, “period, you can report it: From the dashboard or in search results, tap or click the share menu (paper airplane) at the bottom of the post, and hit ‘Report.'”
It was stung last month by charges certain posts it hosted ran afoul of most obscenity laws, even if the person of age was viewing the content. Allegations led Apple’s very popular iOS App Store, the lifeblood of most such platforms, to remove Tumblr altogether. After users and media last month alerted the blogging site its app was vanished from Apple, the company, owned by Yahoo!, acknowledged the issues involved.
“We’re committed to helping build a safe online environment for all users,” the company wrote last month, “and we have a zero tolerance policy when it comes to media featuring child sexual exploitation and abuse. As this is an industry-wide problem, we work collaboratively with our industry peers and partners like NCMEC to actively monitor content uploaded to the platform. Every image uploaded to Tumblr is scanned against an industry database of known child sexual abuse material, and images that are detected never reach the platform. A routine audit discovered content on our platform that had not yet been included in the industry database. We immediately removed this content.”
What is Adult Content
Perhaps sites like Tumblr are trying to do too much. An answer has come, of all places, from the cryptocurrency community. xHoneyBadger CEO Elise de Loos told CoinSpice.io, “The idea is to share value with the one generating it, the user. Porn is the first iteration (because it’s porn), the vision is to build out a platform which rewards users for the value they generate in all kinds of ways, with all kinds of content,” and it could be a way around censoring legal content by empowering users rather than restricting them.
“Adult content primarily includes 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 defined this week.
More interesting is what will still be allowed, “Examples of exceptions that are still permitted are exposed female-presenting nipples in connection with breastfeeding, birth or after-birth moments, and health-related situations, such as post-mastectomy or gender confirmation surgery. Written content such as erotica, nudity related to political or newsworthy speech, and nudity found in art, such as sculptures and illustrations, are also stuff that can be freely posted on Tumblr.”
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