Porn on Tumblr – It’s Still There

Edit: as of this month (December 2013), Tumblr has changed its search settings and Safe Mode again. Now, the default search setting is safe. Users no longer need to set their account search settings. On the screen displaying search results, users can click on the pad lock icon to switch search results to include NSFW content. More on this to follow.

If your teen is active on Tumblr, here’s what you need to know about the site’s adult content that you may not want your teen seeing.

Screen Shot 2013-10-18 at 8.57.50 AMTumblr, the popular and easy to use blogging platform and social media network, has been well known for having very few restrictions on nudity and porn. In May of this year, when Yahoo acquired Tumblr, it was speculated that Yahoo would take steps to put restrictions on adult oriented content. On the contrary, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer vowed. “We promise not to screw it up.”

Yahoo has made changes to Tumblr’s policies. The adult content is still there, but as of July adult blogs and hashtags appear less frequently in search results. That is, if the creator of the blog classifies it as “NSFW” (some adult content) or “Adult” (mostly adult content), it will not show up in search results of a user who has enabled Safe Mode search or users who are not logged in.

For the most part, users classify their own content, so this system is not without flaws, although Tumblr does have the right to change the classification of a blog if it sees fit.

The above being said, Tumblr porn is not hard to find. A simple Google search for the term “Tumblr porn” returns pages of results that are in fact Tumblr blogs featuring porn. Lots of it.

If your teen is interested in creating or curating content, we’re not suggesting that he or she should be prohibited from using Tumblr – it is an exceedingly user-friendly platform. Rather, we’d caution parents that it would be wise to counsel teens about avoiding content that is not age-appropriate.

 

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