Ah, Tumblr. That wonderful free website where people argue, post fake facts and, most importantly, create fan content. A ton of fan content.
In case anybody’s missed it, Tumblr has finally decided to do something about the myriad pornbots infesting the site. And by ‘something,’ I mean the worst possible solution possible.
They’ve decided, in their infinite wisdom, to ban all porn.
Sounds great, right? No more porn means people are free to connect with each other like real human beings and share their content without being harassed by skeevy people on the ‘net, right?
First off, here’s some testimony from someone who will be directly affected by the changes: https://medium.com/@vexashley/porn-on-tumblr-a-eulogy-love-letter-6d45e70fefff
Secondly, a lot of fan content is, you know, rather explicit.
Third, and most importantly, the Tumblr staff are incompetent. Fat, drunk and stupid is a good way to describe them.
See, here’s the thing. They’ve ignored the pornbots, the Nazi and white supremacist blogs, and the general harassment endemic to their website for years and have done nothing about it. There are no moderators on Tumblr, hate speech gets ignored and everything related to content moderation is handled by bots.
Yes, bots. Not people, who can judge, analyze and discern, but algorithms. Algorithms that not only cannot discern between porn and art (which is a distinction to fine for humans, never mind a machine), but frequently mislabel and block stuff that has nothing to do with porn.
Stuff like the chronic pain tag, for instance.
So, I’m not sure what I’m going to do. For now, I’m still on Tumblr. I will, however, be spending more time on and updating this blog more frequently. This time I mean it.
I’m also on Twitter (@falconlord5) and now on World Anvil! Nothing’s up and ready yet, but I will keep you posted.
Stay tuned for next week, when I will reveal my plan for the New Year.
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