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Tumblr to Ban All Adult Content

Social media platform Tumblr will institute a total ban on adult content starting December 17, 2018, according to a new report in The Verge.

The new policy will target stills, GIFs, and videos depicting “explicit sexual content and nudity” including “female-presenting nipples,” genitals, and sex. Permitted media under the new guidelines include media of breastfeeding, birth, “nude classical statues” and political protests containing nudity, and adult-targeted Illustrations that do not show sex acts. Written erotica will be allowed.

The new policy’s announcement comes just days after Tumblr was removed from Apple’s iOS App Store over a child pornography incident, but it extends far beyond that matter alone. “Adult content will no longer be allowed here,” the company flatly states in a blog post set to be published on Monday.

After December 17th, any explicit posts will be flagged and deleted by algorithms. For now, Tumblr is emailing users who have posted adult content flagged by algorithms and notifying them that their content will soon be hidden from view. Posts with porn content will be set to private, which will prevent them from being reblogged or shared elsewhere in the Tumblr community.