Tumblr Is Banning All Adult Content and Nudity, Including the Work of Professional Photographers

One of the Internet’s most notorious platforms for pornographic images has announced plans to prohibit all nudity and images of an adult nature. Tumblr, a predominant blogging site used by many photographers, will implement the changes on December 17.

Many photographers — professional and hobbyist alike — have used the site to promote their work over the years, but there’s no denying its reputation for being diluted with adult content. Much like Twitter, the site permits pornographic images. Last month, however, Tumblr faced animosity after the app was banned from the App Store by Apple due to child pornography being discovered on the platform.

In a new blog post, Tumblr CEO Jeff D’Onofrio outlined plans to create a more 'positive' Tumblr, stating: Posts that contain adult content will no longer be allowed on Tumblr, and we’ve updated our Community Guidelines to reflect this policy change. Bottom line: There are no shortage of sites on the internet that feature adult content. We will leave it to them and focus our efforts on creating the most welcoming environment possible for our community.

As per the new rules, “real life” genitals, nipples, and anything depicting a sex act will be banned. This includes any artwork by professional photographers. New algorithms will be tasked with identifying and privatizing any posts deemed inappropriate. Anything already in existence on the site will only be viewable by the user who posted the content.

Tumblr has tried to clean up its act since 2013, when Verizon, who acquired the site, were seemingly unsatisfied with the reputation the site had acquired.

Lead image credit: Casper Nichols on Unsplash.

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Vincent B's picture

Tumblr's free, so old men yell at clouds.

Tumblr's free, how does that play with "Professional Photographer" hosting?

revo nevo's picture

and now tumblr will be dead

David Pavlich's picture

Not surprising considering the way of things in 2018.

davidlovephotog's picture

Well soon every woman can only be allowed to wear a burka and hide their faces. Is that the goal? Maybe even take away their drivers license?

David Pavlich's picture

I don't know that it'll go that far, but with the 'Offense Industry' at full voice these days, it won't be long before places like View Bug will be banning nude images as well.

davidlovephotog's picture

So breast feeding in public allowed, breast picture on web a no. Thong pics allowed, butt without a tiny string up it is a no. Tiny bikinis are okay, pasties are a no. Are kissing pics now considered foreplay pics and also no longer allowed. People can now get legally stoned in some states but can't see a naked human. Anyway it has become a great marketing tool for me.

Mauro Scattolini's picture

it's not because it's 2018. Tumblr wasn't anymore appreciated by some app store such as Apple app store due to the amount of not just adult content, but underage content. This drove lot of investors away. Of course having humans to check each post is not doable, so there is an algorithm, which still need to learn what is actually not good and illegal and what can stay. From a business point of view, it's the right choice.

Jason Frels's picture

Tumblr is kind of a dumpster fire. I haven't bothered looking at it for a year or so now. I don't know if these new rules are going to help.

Color Thief's picture

Dear tumblr, welcome to the world of paying people to spend their time trying to decide whether or not that's really a nipple. Glad you're keeping me safe from seeing that.

Sean Sauer's picture

So... they've decided to go out of business then. lol!

Dan Lubbers's picture

I switched my blog from blogspot to tumblr years ago and that was a mistake. My views/reach went down, the SEO isn't that good and I just basically quit posting any content to it. It was already dead to me...

This gives me a good reason to finally find something better.

Deleted Account's picture

I suggest learning wordpress.

Paolo Bugnone's picture

Excluding the only type of content that makes your website worth checking out doens't seem like a smart move to me.

Deleted Account's picture

Tumblr owned by Yahoo who have a long history of buying and wrecking popular websites. Tumblr was once a great blogging platform and much like the acquisition of Flickr, Yahoo got its hands on it and completely pushed out its most influential user-base until the majority of the content isn't worth logging in to view anymore. It's their own fault that it's mostly porn. Once it started moving in that direction there was no coming back.

As soon as you see Yahoo buying one of your favorite websites, start saying your goodbyes early.

Jonathan Ferland-Valois's picture

Whoop whoop! That's the sound of da morality police!

Ariel Martini's picture

Will also rename itself to "Tumblweedlr"

davidlovephotog's picture

Join now and receive your Dora the Explorer poster!

Przemek Lodej's picture

I know little about Tumbler, but damn...anybody ever notice the amount of shitty, pornographic content on Flickr??

Deleted Account's picture

I have never been involved,looked at or consider tumblr but I think their decision is a good one.I am aware of a University choir that each year when they are calling for voluntary positions on their committee have a position of a morals officer. I don't know how seriously those in the position take their role but I believe it is a good idea.I could take this point further, being a Christian, but I would hope their would be people on this website who's role it is to actually consider content.

Jason Smith's picture

If you have never been involved with, looked at, or considered Tumblr, then why does their decision matter to you? Are you suggesting that every person on this planet, regardless of beliefs or preferences, should not be permitted free will, and instead should be forced to live their lives according to your personal standards of morality, and should only be allowed to view & produce content that you personally deem to be acceptable?

Fritz Asuro's picture

RIP Tumblr :D

Michelle Maani's picture

Does nipples include those on male people, or just female people?

Anete Lusina's picture

I read online that they only referred to female nipples, unless it's re. breastfeeding. Reminds me of that experiment a while ago where some men posted images of their nipples on Instagram with face and some without their face in, and the ones where you couldn't really tell if it's a male physique got removed by Instagram...

Jonathan Dearth's picture

Tumblr and myspace had breakfast one morning and the rest is history.