Social Networking site Tumblr to ban all pornographic content from 17th December, 2018.
Tumblr has had a reputation for allowing sexually themed material to be shared on its service.
“Child Pornography content was found on Tumblr”
The ban comes after Tumblr was removed from the Apple App Store over concerns about child pornography. The site’s relatively lax rules on nudity—compared to other social-media sites like Facebook and Instagram—has until now made it a popular platform for sex workers and erotic artists. The ban is expected to take effect on Dec. 17.
New community guidelines state users cannot upload “real-life human genitals or female-presenting nipples” – including anything “so photorealistic” it could be thought to be genuine.
However, the site said posts featuring nudity that are “artistic, educational, newsworthy, or political” are acceptable and will not necessarily be removed.
According to New Community Guidelines “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,”.
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“A routine audit discovered content on our platform that had not yet been included in the industry database.”
The site was banned for a day in Indonesia over the mature content, while South Korea has in the past asked it to do a better job of moderating adult content on its service.
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