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Verizon Wants To Sell Tumblr And Pornhub May Be Interested

Tumblr has seen quite a few different owners in the past few years. In 2013, the online blogging platform was sold to Yahoo for $1.1 billion in hopes that it’d make the company relevant on the internet once again. That didn’t really work out because Yahoo itself was acquired by Verizon in 2017 . It’s clear that Verizon has never really known what to do with Tumblr. Last year , Verizon banned all pornography and sexually explicit content on Tumblr after finding child pornography on the platform. Critics of the move argue that Verizon could have worked to crack down on the exploitation of minors specifically because Tumblr was pretty well-known for its not-safe-for-work (NSFW) scene. Since the ban, Mashable reported that Tumblr lost almost a third of its users. Now, Verizon is looking to sell Tumblr, according to The Verge — and one company is already expressing interest. In a statement to BuzzFeed News , Corey Price, Vice President of Pornhub, said his company was “extremely...

Vanessa Taylor

May 3, 2019

Instagram Is Getting More Strict On Adult Content

Instagram is moving toward more family-friendly content with the reduction of inappropriate posts that may not necessarily violate community guidelines. “A sexually suggestive post will still appear in Feed if you follow the account that posts it, but this type of content may not appear for the broader community in Explore or hashtag pages,” Facebook said in a blog post. Instagram currently prohibits a list of sexual content including images of female nipples, intercourse, and genitals. However, the company allows photos of post-mastectomy scarring, women actively breastfeeding, and nudity in photos of paintings and sculptures. The lines are a little blurred when it comes to the type of content Instagram will be policing. Instagram said that it will limit sexually suggestive posts and other content that teeters the line of breaking its rules from being recommended on Explore and hashtag pages. “We use a variety of signals, for example, if an account has recently gone against our...

Arriana McLymore

Apr 18, 2019

Indonesia Unblocks Tumblr Following Porn Ban

After banning adult content from its platform, Tumblr is now available in Indonesia, according to KrAsia. Tumblr resurfaced on the App Store earlier this month after its porn ban went into place on December 17. The company started removing adult content from its platform after fears of missing out on users. After being MIA in the App Store for 10 days, Tumblr returned with new Community Guidelines prohibiting hate speech, harm to minors, and adult content. The app now has an algorithm that automatically removes porn and other adult content. Its latest revival in Indonesia highlights success in getting into a market that it once missed out on. Indonesia has strict laws against pornography that apps like WhatsApp and Line have had to comply with in order to remain in the country. According to Reuters , Indonesia has blocked more than 70,000 websites deemed pornographic or extremist. Tumblr’s porn ban has been under fire for removing the content of artists and sex workers, as it served...

Arriana McLymore

Dec 28, 2018

A Sanitized Tumblr Just Debuted On The App Store

Tumblr has returned to the App Store after being removed for graphic content on its platform. Veteran Tumblr users will notice a somewhat cleaner version of the app now that the company has removed pornographic content from the platform after discovering photos of child sexual abuse. Some Tumblr artists and sex workers have criticized the platform for removing their content, as it served as one of the few places where they could post freely. After being MIA for 10 days, Tumblr returned with new Community Guidelines prohibiting hate speech, harm to minors, and adult content. The app now has an algorithm that automatically removes porn and other adult content, but the company still has few wrinkles it has to iron out as the algorithm sometimes reports images that aren’t sexual at all. These changes will go into effect December 17.  

Arriana McLymore

Dec 14, 2018

Tumblr Is Banning Adult Content

Tumblr today announced it will permanently ban “adult content” on its platform starting December 17th, a massive change that will impact the way some communities use the platform. The ban includes “photos, videos, or GIFs that show real-life human genitals or female-presenting nipples, and any illustrations—that depicts sex acts.” “We spent considerable time weighing the pros and cons of expression in the community that includes adult content,” said Tumblr’s CEO Jeff D’Onofrio in a company blog post. “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.” The move comes just weeks after the Tumblr app was removed from the iOS Apple App Store due to issues related to child pornography on the platform. In the company blog post, D’Onofrio made it clear the microblogging service has always maintained a zero tolerance policy regarding child pornography. Not included in the ban is content...

Jenna Chambers

Dec 4, 2018