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Restore former Tumblr Community Guidelines

TLDR: This petition is addressed to the Tumblr Community Officers as well as the base website developers. It can be signed by the general populus, regardless of whether or not you personally use the website. Signers would like to appeal to the content ban recently placed on December 3rd, 2018, that outlines a prohibition on pornography and other adult content on the Tumblr platform. First and foremost, this petition is not created because I will be missing out on artists that I follow, or find it less convenient to use other platforms for digital media. In fact, I do not use Tumblr on a basis to where I would find the changes an inconvenience. The purpose for this petition is that I recognize there are other independent artists who care about his/her work, and likewise, followers who care about their art. All links in this petition are Safe For Work. As of December 3, the official support Tumblr has posted a message regarding their updates to the Community Guidelines. The post is strictly focused around the adult content on the platform, and the changes being made to combat the exposure of it. Their definition of adult content is "photos, videos, or GIFs that show real-life human genitals or female-presenting nipples, and any content - including photos, videos, GIFs and illustrations - that depicts sex acts." Aside from other issues on the platform, such as the spam blogs that message users and image resolution reductions, Tumblr has faced some problems with the iOS App Store recently. For similar reasons, it has been removed due to the presence of explicit underage content that had bypassed the content filtering database being used by the platform. Additionally, there have been issues in the past regarding the censorship of adult content that have warranted the implementation of safeguards. For example, in June of 2017 the Tumblr staff introduced the 'Safe Mode' option, the first dedicated update since the dashboard filter that was introduced in March 2013. The official staff blog for the platform claims that "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." According to SimilarWeb, a website that provides web analytics services, Tumblr is ranked the 26th website in the United States (the location of its establishment) for the amount of traffic it receives. It is the 51st when compared to all the other websites in the world. SimilarWeb estimates that the greatest percentage of traffic for the platform is for the 'Adult' category. Another in-depth article from (focused mainly on the launch of Safe Mode) gives the statistic, "The measurement firm estimates that adult content drives 20.53 percent of clicks to Tumblr’s desktop site, compared with the next largest referring category, books and literature, which drives just 7.61 percent of clicks (Paragraph 4)."  Following the removal from the iOS App Store, Tumblr started removing blogs that contained 'adult content' without warning. Personally, I recall the removal of a specific blog whose artist was dedicated to keeping safe for work. Through his other blogs he had announced that it had been removed amidst all the other 'adult' blogs during what users called the 'Tumblr Purge.' Shortly afterwards and possibly from the community's backlash, staff began restoring blogs to their original state. Many Tumblr users have also complained about the method in which Terms of Service/Community Guideline violations are handled. Currently blogs are instantly terminated without warning. Tumblr does not notify users of offending posts via email, cite guideline violations, or even offer a strike system similar to YouTube's copyright citation process. Additionally, the option to appeal - or even contact support - is also infamous for its automated responses and lack of effort. The platform's 'Safe Mode' option and 'adult content' filtering are also criticized for missing content that qualifies as such. Ironically, today (December 3rd) it has been reported by multiple users on twitter that their dashboards contain promoted adult content, detailed by this article. There are also reports on Twitter claiming that Tumblr is hiding posts that contain specific tags. Specifically tags related to the Furry internet subculture. Tumblr's automation of their guidelines seems to be a key problem that the platform does not address (also seen here). If this petition were to succeed and the Tumblr staff were to rescind their changes to the Community Guidelines, it could keep a sizeable portion of their userbase and as its always been, be a home for the works of artists and producers. Without them, the platform will most likely move forward and inevitably fall down the ranks in popularity - perhaps being replaced by another platform that will take advantage of the traffic Tumblr chose to surrender.  

Astral Jus
147,264 supporters
Petitioning Tumblr

Remove neo-nazis and white supremacists from Tumblr

Following Discord's recent shutdown of racist alt-right servers, we ask that Tumblr takes neo-nazis and other white supremacy groups more seriously instead of repeatedly ignoring reports on violent language. I've reported several neo-nazi types to staff, including those who have posts like "gas the k-kes" and "kill n-gger apes" alongside nazi imagery and romanticized portraits of Hitler.  This is the response I get every time. > Hello, > Thanks for bringing this to our attention; we really appreciate your efforts to make > Tumblr a safer place for everyone. > We do strongly suggest you block this user. You can find out more about how to  > do that here: Tumblr staff - by ignoring the rampant and violent hate problem within their community - are providing a safe place for violent fascists and other racists to feel at home.  This specially ironic since Tumblr pretends to stand with Charlottesville victims despite actively hosting neo-nazi groups.   It's outrageous that Tumblr staff refuses to ban these hate communities, and even more insulting that they pretend to be at the forefront of social justice.  We want our communities to feel safe, and that cannot continue with the large neo-nazi presence.  Multiple have already died in the past few months because of this ideology. It's clear that Tumblr will not respond to anything except negative publicity or advertisers leaving their network.  So please let them know how the Tumblr community feels by signing and sharing. What we need to happen: 1. Take reports more seriously.  Do not just ask the user to block a dangerous user. 2. Explicitly condemn this hate speech in your Terms of Service.  Although it already is to an extent, staff does not seem to follow their own rules. 3. Stop giving a safe place for Nazis and white nationalists.  This behavior has NO place on Tumblr and you must remove those inciting hatred and violence. 4. Assign moderators to deal with this issue internally. Thank you for your help.

doomy doomster
39,113 supporters