Police their community guidelines and add a 'report' button for all posts.
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Police their community guidelines and add a 'report' button for all posts.

    1. Erin Rose Puttock
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      Erin Rose Puttock

      Colchester, United Kingdom

In Tumblr's 'Community Guidelines', it is clearly stated: Don't post content that actively promotes or glorifies self harm. This includes contents that urges or encourages readers to cut or injure themselves; embrace anorexia, bulimia, or other eating disorders; or commit suicide rather than, e.g., seeking counselling or treatment, or jointing together in supportive conversation with those suffering or recovering from depression or other conditions.'
Despite this guideline being put in place, there remains considerable amounts of harmful material promoting dangerous mental illnesses.
These blog posts are very easily accessible to people of all ages, including young children, and sufferers from conditions such as anorexia.
The material posted is therefore incredibly triggering and can contribute to keeping a person in a disordered mindset, with no desire for recovery.
A recent study published by Dr. Emma Bond of University Campus Suffolk titled 'Virtually Anorexia- Where's the Harm?' looks into the detrimental effects of sites which glorify these life threatening conditions, identifying risks which include: An increasing accessibility and availability of pro-ED website, online forums and blogs; seeking a disordered view of perfection; normalizing of ultra thin body image; exposure to extreme or dangerous dieting advise or behaviours; low self self esteem and lacking in self confidence; and a number of others (The full study can be downloaded from the B-eat eating disorder charity website)
It is important that Tumblr takes these steps in policing the content which is regularly published to prevent more users, and younger users from being exposed to it.
It is also vital that such content on the internet is not glamorised, or sensationalised in a way that informs at risk children/ sufferers of such material.
Mental illnesses are dangerous, and often life threatening. From personal experience, I know the detrimental effects blog posts on Tumblr can be when in a very ill mindset.

To:
Tumblr
I request that Tumblr police their community guidelines, especially in regards to the 'Promotion and Glorification of Self Harm', and for a 'Report' button to also be created to give an option of reporting any post of harmful nature.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    • Amy PAGDEN COLCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 10 months ago

      because I know the people it effects and I agree, there are disturbing images on Tumblr

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    • Kat S BIRMINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 10 months ago

      I have suffered from an eating disorder for many years and used to view a lot of the content supporting eating disorders. It is only since starting recovery I can see just how much they contributed to me getting deeper into the disorder. Tumblr has a great recovery network but it can also be very triggering. 'Harmful' sexual images are made harder to find through the security system but images that promote life threatening illnesses and trigger people into relapse are easily available to anyone; this makes no sense to me.

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    • c b PRESTON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 10 months ago

      pro ana can really feed the negative body image ideas related with an eating disorder can be extremely triggering when it comes to restricting and binge purging. Pro ana holds no benefit and there is no possible way you can glorify a mental illness because they are awful manipulating things. So much benefit would come from this, no one would be missing out on pictures of malnourished figures and triggering self harm pictures that some how seem to be made to appear 'beautiful'

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    • chelsea travers LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 10 months ago

      I have a mental illness

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    • Chloe Reed ESSEX, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 10 months ago

      I have Mental health Issues, I am currently receiving inpatient treatment, and have met people in the system who glorify self harm and other issues, and I wish for this to stop, as it prevents people who truly need help from getting it.

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