R.I.P. Tumblr – Yahoo implements new NSFW restrictions


Oh Tumblr, we hardly knew ye. The explosively popular image-board Tumblr was bought out in May of 2013 for $1.1 billion by software titan Yahoo. While many were skeptical on what Yahoo had in store for Tumblr, the general assumption was that not much would change. And why would it? You’ve got a booming social media website with tons of original content being added daily. While my girlfriend raved about how much she loves Tumblr, I already knew the consequences that follow with large corporation acquisitions. So whats happening?

Tumblr provides this handy chart.

A further simplified explanation would be; if you have your blog marked or tagged as adult, anything you share will no longer show up in google or Tumblr’s own search engine. This news all comes on the same day that Tumblr’s iOS update for Apple rolled out changes that remove search results for #gay, #lesbian and #bisexual (though leaving #bi, #lgbt and #queer intact).

These changes affect anybody sharing or posting adult content. So even if you shared that one pic of graphic content on a drunken #porn night, you’re screwed.

Now let me take a step into the theoretical. While this is just an opinion, and hypothesis, it is based on observations of past social media acquisitions and evolution (in this case de-evolution). Why would Yahoo implement these changes?

The following is a list of possible reasons for the update.

  • To add age appropriate advertisement.
  • Reduce the number of complaints from users with their images appearing on porn blogs.
  • Quickly reduce the amount of pornographic content.
  • Diminish copyrighted porn.
  • MORE ADVERTISEMENT.
  • Did I mention advertisements?

Here is what Tumblr CEO David Karp was asked about the potential porn restrictions on The Colbert Report just last night.

“We’ve taken a pretty hard line on freedom of speech, supporting our users, creation, whatever that looks like, it’s just not something we want to police,” he told Colbert. “When you have somebody like Terry Richardson, or any number of talented photographers, posting tasteful photography, I don’t want to have to go in there and draw the line between this photo and this behind the scenes photo of Lady Gaga and her, uh, her nip.”

I believe this marks the beginning of the end for Tumblr. With Yahoo at the reigns, we will most likely see a steady stream of changes which include the removal of anonymity, hardcore porn, copyrighted content, gay/lesbian content (already in progress) and eventually mandatory public user information.

R.I.P Tumblr.

Source: Tumblr

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Adam "kharakov" Kharat is part nerd, part geek, and full awesome. With deadly writing skills and the sleeping habits of a jackrabbit, late night gaming sessions are all but mandatory.