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Tumblr to ban adult content; allows lit-erotica, nude art

Tumblr has announced the permanent banning of "adult content" on its website starting 17 December. Jeff D'Onofrio, the CEO of Tumblr, also wrote a post "A better, more positive Tumblr". Tumblr describes adult content as posts that include "photos, videos, or GIFs that show real-life human genitals or female-presenting nipples and any content- including photos, videos, GIFs and illustrations that depicts sex acts." What is permitted: "exposed females- presenting nipples in connection with breastfeeding, birth or after-birth moments, and health-related situations, such as post- mastectomy or gender confirmation surgery." "written content such as erotica, nudity related to political or newsworthy speech, nudity found in art, such as sculptures and illustrations" Though Tumblr did not indicate what prompted the change in policy, the move comes after Apple removed Tumblr from its iOS App Store last month after after child pornography was found on the site. Also read: - Facebook removed 8.7M pieces of child abuse content - Facebook adds tools to block revenge porn on the platform Reporting and flagging content Under the new policy, users can report content they deem to be unfit for platform. Tumblr will send out email notices to the users whose content has been flagged. Those posts turn to a private setting, viewable only by the person who posted it, preventing them from being reblogged or shared further. If a person believes that their content has been incorrectly categorised, they have an option of appealing the decision. This option of appealing is however, available on the web or the…

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