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The Problem

MAJOR VICTORY: Tumblr announced that it would be removing all pornographic content from their site after child pornography was discovered.

[Original 2014 description]

Why is Tumblr on the Dirty Dozen List?

Introducing the Internet’s newest and hottest porn site, Tumblr! Tumblr is home to over 150 million self-hosted blogs. Tumblr itself has stated that porn is more than welcome on it’s site. Users only have to be 13 to join, and most blogs can be linked outside so you don’t even need an account to view them. Tumblr is pushing porn on kids and provides little alternatives to users who do not want to be exposed to such content.

Tumblr argues that they have a filter one can turn on so they’ve done enough. But, this filter is a joke. Turning it on may filter out some of the exploitive content, but porn can still easily be plastered all over the user’s (child users) stream whether or not they wish to see it.

Call on Tumblr to improve the filter and to get out of the porn business!

From the dashboard, a Tumblr user has the ability to upload text, photos, quotes, links, music, and videos, just as they say, but what most people do on Tumblr is simply reblog pictures they like. Next to the reblog button there’s also a like button. Pictures that are reblogged appear immediately on the dash of everyone who has followed the person reblogging it. If a Tumblr user hits the “like” button, the original poster receives a small message on their dash indicating that a person has liked their picture. You have the option to like it or reblog it”¦ and that’s it. You cannot flag a picture for inappropriate content. You cannot block a picture or content that you find offensive. Your only option is to unfollow the person that posted it. Once you unfollow a person, all of their pictures/content will immediately disappear from your dash, but they will still remain on the site, exposing other users to the content.

  • Why doesn’t Tumblr have a disclaimer screen that comes up when a person follows a blog warning them that the blog contains adult sexual content? It seems like a fairly simple safeguard measure to implement. Such a filter would allow parents to screen who their children follow on Tumblr and may deter teens from viewing adult content. At the very least, it would afford teens who are mature enough the opportunity to screen themselves.
  • Tumblr relies on the user to mark the content they share as NSFW (Not suitable for work) which would then be blocked by their “filter.” Users rarely take the time to mark the content as NFSW and therefore will not be picked up by the filter. In addition, Tumblr doesn’t allow for those exposed to such content to easily report it.
  • If anyone you are following on Tumblr reblogs pornographic and abusive images, even if you have NSFW filter enabled, it will still show up on your dashboard.

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Proof

Tumblr Guidelines Allow Pornographic Content

Tumblr Guidelines Allow Pornographic Content

Message from Tumblr after user complained about pornography on their site:

“We allow sexually explicit content on Tumblr. We do not allow sexual explicit videos to be uploaded to Tumblr, but they may be embedded from external sources.”
Marc LaFountain, Nov 01 09:51 (EDT)
Tumblr Support
[email protected]

 

User Story:

The mother of a 15-year-old daughter logged into her daughter’s Tumblr. The mother was outraged by the amount of adult content on her daughter’s dashboard. She tried to contact Tumblr about the problem, but they were no help.

 

Content Example:

Several Tumblogs are solely dedicated to posting pictures of pre-pubescent boys and girls.

 

From Tumblr's Community Guidelines:

Unflagged NSFW Blogs. Tumblr is home to millions of readers and creators from a variety of locations, cultures, and backgrounds who hold different points of view concerning adult-oriented content. If you regularly post sexual or adult-oriented content, respect the choices of people in our community who would rather not see such content by flagging your blog (which you can do on your blog’s Settings page) as Not Suitable for Work (“NSFW”). This action doesn’t prevent you or your readers from using any of Tumblr’s social features, but rather screens your blog’s content from Tumblr users who would prefer not to see NSFW material.

Take Action

Tell Congress to Pressure the DOJ to Enforce Obscenity Law

Public Health Harms of Pornography

Download the research summaries of studies on the harm of pornography

Tell DOJ to Investigate SeekingArrangement

Ask the DOJ to investigate SeekingArrangement for facilitating sex trafficking and prostitution.

Progress

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NCOSE press logo

Washington, DC – According to news reports, the popular social media app Tumblr was removed from Apple’s App Store after the discovery of child pornography on the platform. “The National Center on Sexual Exploitation congratulates Apple for taking a bold stand against child sex abuse with its decision to remove Tumblr

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