Netizens are excited about a revised Tumblr content policy, expanding the range of content it says meets its community guidelines.
The update changed Tumblr’s policies to allow the sharing of nudity, but not sexually explicit images, on the platform. Earlier this fall, the social media site hinted at a possible review, but waited until November 1 to share the news.
Starting Tuesday, Tumblr users could resume sharing images and art regarding the “human form.” The new nudity rules were clarified in a post shared by staff via the Tumblr Help Center, which credited the new community labels as driving the update.
“We recently introduced Community Labels to give everyone more control over their dashboard experience. With this new feature, you can adjust your feed to your preferred comfort level by setting the types of content you want to see. It was our first step towards a more open Tumblr. Today, we are taking the next step: we now welcome a wider range of expression, creativity and art on Tumblr, including content representing the human form (yes, this includes nude human form),” the company wrote. in his statement.
The message continued: “Even if your creations contain nudity, mature subjects or sexual themes, you can now share them on Tumblr using the appropriate community label so that everyone remains in control of the types of content they see on Tumblr. its dashboard. We’ve updated our community guidelines to reflect these changes; the rest of our content policies remain the same: we still don’t allow hate, spam, violent threats, or anything offensive. illegal, and visual depictions of sexually explicit acts remain prohibited on Tumblr.”
The revised community guidelines come after a four-year ban on adult content in its entirety, including nipples “featuring women”.
In 2018, the blogging platform was bought by Verizon, which eventually banned explicit images altogether until it sold the business to WordPress parent company Automattic in late 2019.
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And while the CEO of Tumblr Matt Mullenweg said he has no plans to reverse his porn ban, users of the platform are just happy to be able to share nude art again.
“Tumblr deals the killing blow by allowing you to post nude photos again,” one user joked, referring to widespread criticism of Elon Musk’s takeover of Twitter.
On that same beat, someone else shared a meme that dramatized the situation, writing, “tumblr letting nsfw content back on the platform the same week twitter is in shambles like.”
Another user apparently predicted the news a few days ago, “Tumblr is in a fascinating position right now in that they could shift all the power in social media circles and deliver the deathblow to Twitter if they unblock just breasts.”
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