Stop the deletion of self-harm/ eating disorder blogs
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Stop the deletion of self-harm/ eating disorder blogs

    1. Helen Walpole
    2. Petition by

      Helen Walpole

      London, United Kingdom

Tumblr's new policy will ban blogs posting "content that actively promotes or glorifies self-injury or self-harm. This includes content that urges or encourages readers to cut or mutilate themselves; embrace anorexia, bulimia, or other eating disorders; or commit suicide."

This could include pictures of cuts, burns, or scars; pictures of emaciated/ thin/ boney/ eating-disordered people; pictures of suicide; "thinspiration" ; or pictures of words (for example a photo of highlighted words from a book) about the issues self-harm, eating disorders, or suicide.

We, as the users of Tumblr, often post or reblog content such as this, but NOT for the purposes of encouraging others, or ourselves, to engage in damaging behaviour, or for the purpose of triggering our own or others' mental disorders. We simply post this content because it is an accurate representation of our own thoughts and feelings that we would not otherwise be able to express: to us it is a form of therapy.

We feel that taking this form of self-expression away from us would serve no other purpose than to damage us. This content is not posted with malicious intent: indeed, many of us have "trigger warnings" or disclaimers on our blogs stating this. We feel we cannot be held responsible for how viewers of our blogs interpret the content we post: they visit our blog in order to follow it, so can see the disclaimers, and after all they are not under duress to follow our blogs or view what we post.

In conclusion: the only change necessary is that blogs concerning these topics should at most be required to have a disclaimer or "trigger warning", or links to recovery sites on their main blog page. It is wrong to shut these blogs down, especially seeing as they have helped so many people suffering from mental disorders by offering them a network of support from other people going through the same thing.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Petition Ended!

      Helen Walpole
      Petition Organizer

      The petition has now closed, and I am pleased to announce that since Feb 23, 2012 you sent 1863 letters to Tumblr speaking up for Tumblr: Stop the deletion of self-harm/ eating disorder blogs. This is a fantastic achievement, so congratulations everybody!

      Tumblr are only closing down the blogs which actively promote mental disorders, not ones which simply discuss or represent them or sufferers of them.

      A huge thank you to everyone who's been involved and signed.

      Helen

    2. Response from Tumblr

      Helen Walpole
      Petition Organizer

      Tumblr have revised the policy and cleared up a few things for us!

    3. Reached 1,500 signatures
    4. Emailed Tumblr

      Helen Walpole
      Petition Organizer

      Just emailed Tumblr about our concerns about the new Content Policy!

    5. Reached 1,000 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • McKenzie May LAS VEGAS, NV
      • over 2 years ago

      I am signing because I believe that when someone like myself, who self harms, sees pictures and blogs of self-harm and eating disorders, are not as much "triggered" by them as much as they no longer feel alone. When you self-harm you feel like no one understands and you're just some attention seeking freak. But the second you see other people who do and struggle with the same things you do, you don't feel so alone. For a moment you almost feel as if what you do is not crazy or for attention, but normal. Im signing because every self-harmer out there including myself deserves to feel like they are not alone in this.

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    • Molly Kelly NORTH YORKSHIRE, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 2 years ago

      Because i am a self harm blog, but i want to help people, and want them to help me!

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    • Elizabeth Heald ALSACE, FRANCE
      • over 2 years ago

      S'il n'était pas pour l'appui de mes disciples sur Tumblr je serais mort maintenant. Je jure à un dieu

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    • Elizabeth Burrows-Topham BLACKPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 2 years ago

      Tumblr is the only place that I feel accepted and welcomed no matter my mistakes. So many people on there have helped me, I probably would have given up ages ago if it wasn't for support of everyone on Tumblr.

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    • Sophie Hutchinson MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA
      • over 2 years ago

      I'm signing because Self harm/eating disorder blogs actually help us. It shows us we arent alone. We need that. Deleting these blogs will silence us all and the problems will just get worse. Without these blogs I would be in a morgue right now. But these people with these blogs have saved me numerous times.

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