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Tumblr has been bought over, and the porn ban is staying. Continuing its catastrophic demise following its porn ban last year, Tumblr has been bought by the company who owns WordPress, and the censorship of adult content is set to continue.

Tumblr has been bought over, and the porn ban is staying

Although Pornhub expressed its interest in acquiring the platform in May, the site sadly shelved its plans, enabling Automattic Inc to purchase Tumblr for “well below” $20 million (potentially even less than $10 million). Had Pornhub bought the site, the porn ban would undoubtedly have been lifted, potentially saving the social media platform.

Pornhub’s vice president Corey Price expanded on this in an email to BuzzFeed News, writing: “Tumblr was a safe haven for those who wanted to explore and express their sexuality, adult entertainment aficionados included. We’ve long been dismayed that such measures were taken to eradicate erotic communities on the platform.” Buzzfeednews. 'Lazy' Tumblr porn rules now in force. Image copyright Getty Images New rules about adult content on blogging site Tumblr, which have upset many of its users, have come into force.

'Lazy' Tumblr porn rules now in force

The site no longer allows such material but said existing posts that fell foul of its new policy would be hidden, not deleted. It also tried to reassure users that Tumblr would remain a place for free expression. However, in response to concerns about the accuracy of its software, Tumblr acknowledged it currently often wrongly blocked content because of poorly performing algorithms. "Having a post mistakenly flagged as adult totally sucks,” the company said in a blog post on Monday. “We understand and agree that there have been too many wrongfully flagged posts since we announced the policy change.”

It said it would encourage users to report incorrectly flagged content in order to help train its system. "Tumblr is being lazy by banning all adult content," one user wrote. It had $4.6bn (£3.6bn) of its value written off by its owner, Verizon. Dear Tumblr: Banning "Adult Content" Won't Make Your Site Better But It Will Harm Sex-Positive Communities. Social media platform Tumblr has announced a ban on so-called “adult content,” a move made, it seems, in reaction to Tumblr’s app being removed from the Apple app store.

Dear Tumblr: Banning "Adult Content" Won't Make Your Site Better But It Will Harm Sex-Positive Communities

But while making the app more available is in theory good for Tumblr users, in practice what’s about to happen is mass censorship of communities that have made Tumblr a positive experience for so many people in the first place. Tumblr bans all adult content, such as “female-presenting nipples” Tumblr, the mainstream web's last redoubt for niche smut in general and queer smut in particular, is going to clean house.

Tumblr bans all adult content, such as “female-presenting nipples”

The social blogging platform is banning all adult material on December 17. Banned content includes photos, videos, and GIFs of human genitalia, female-presenting nipples, and any media involving sex acts, including illustrations. The exceptions include nude classical statues and political protests that feature nudity. The new guidelines exclude text, so erotica remains permitted.

Illustrations and art that feature nudity are still okay — so long as sex acts aren’t depicted — and so are breast-feeding and after birth photos. Even the cold dead embrace of a Yahoo! That phrase Tumblr uses, "female-presenting nipples", is rather on the nose. I wonder, though, if it exposes a specific hidden rule that Apple would not publicly disclose in Appstore guidelines that speak only abstractly against pornographic material, but which it has told Verizon is a specific criterion.

Tumblr's Porn Ban Reveals Who Controls What We See Online. News. As part of a campaign to address the extreme gender disparity in New York City’s public statuary, four new monuments to women will be created, helping to ensure that each of the five boroughs has at least one statue of a historic woman.

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The four new statues will be devoted to jazz great Billie Holiday (in Queens), 19th century civil rights activist Elizabeth Jennings Graham (in Manhattan), women’s and children’s healthcare advocate Dr. Helen Rodríguez Trías (in the Bronx), and lifesaving lighthouse keeper Katherine Walker (in Staten Island). The new statues join another monument to a woman already in the pipeline. A statue of Shirley Chisholm, the first black woman in the U.S.

House of Representatives, will be erected in her native Brooklyn. “We pledged to do better by the leaders, achievers and artists who have not gotten their due in the histories written by men,” McCary was quoted by the New York Times as saying during a speech announcing the new batch of statues. A better, more positive Tumblr. Apple Sucked Tumblr Into Its Walled Garden, Where Sex Is Bad. Last week, the Supreme Court heard arguments in a case that claims Apple holds illegal monopoly power over iOS’s App Store and thus over the apps that are used on iPhones.

Apple Sucked Tumblr Into Its Walled Garden, Where Sex Is Bad

Today, Tumblr announced that it would no longer allow porn on its platform after December 17. With its massive distribution and strict rules, Apple’s App Store has had a broad homogenizing and sanitizing effect on the internet. Tumblr’s iOS app has been unavailable since November 16 because child porn images were found on the site (the app was never removed from the Google Play Store.) No site should allow child porn, obviously. But thousands of sites manage to effectively moderate to keep their platforms free of child porn, while allowing adult content more broadly.