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Tumblr to Ban ‘Adult Content.’ Some Users Aren’t Happy

Tumblr plans to ban “adult content” from December 2018, the company told users on Monday.

This announcement comes two weeks after the micro-blogging site was kicked off of Apple’s App Store because some users had posted and downloaded photographs of child sex abuse. As of this article’s publication, the app hadn’t yet returned to Apple’s app store.

Tumblr, which is owned by Verizon subsidiary Oath, told users on Nov. 19 about its “zero tolerance policy when it comes to media featuring child sexual exploitation and abuse.” On Monday, CEO Jeff D’Onofrio went further in a blog post by announcing that the site wouldn’t allow adult porn “including explicit sexual content and nudity (with some exceptions).”

Users have a chance to appeal to Tumblr’s decision in situations where they think there’s been a mistake, and the platform admits there’s a chance that the automated tools it’s using could make errors. It’s a process that could take a while, as a bulk of Tumblr posts feature explicit content. Users who run adult blogs can also export their content before the change takes place in order to save what they have.

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