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Tumblr’s porn ban is going about as badly as expected

December 5th, 2018
This image carefully avoids any "female-presenting nipples" which would otherwise land it on Tumblr's naughty list.

Enlarge / This image carefully avoids any "female-presenting nipples" which would otherwise land it on Tumblr's naughty list. (credit: zharth)

In the run up to its total ban on pornography, Tumblr is using "algorithms" to determine if current posts are pornographic at all.

For some reason, the blogging site hopes that people running porn blogs will, after the December 17th ban, continue to use the site, but restrict their postings to the non-pornographic. As such, it isn't just banning or closing blogs that are currently used for porn; instead, it's analyzing each image and marking those it deems to be pornographic as "explicit." The display of explicit content will be suppressed, leaving behind a wasteland of effectively empty porn blogs.

This would be bad enough for Tumblr users if it were being done effectively, but naturally, it isn't. No doubt using the wonderful power of machine learning —a thing companies often do to distance themselves from any responsibility for the actions taken by their algorithms—Tumblr is flagging non-adult content as adult content, and vice versa. Twitter is filling with complaints about the poor job the algorithm is doing.

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Verizon takes aim at Tumblr’s kneecaps, bans all adult content

December 3rd, 2018
Verizon takes aim at Tumblr’s kneecaps, bans all adult content

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Oath, the Verizon subsidiary that owns the Yahoo and AOL digital media brands, has announced that as of December 17, all adult content will be banned from the Tumblr blogging site. Any still or moving images displaying real-life human genitals or female nipples and any content—even drawn or computer-generated artwork—depicting any sexual acts will be prohibited.

Genitals and female nipples will only be permitted within the context of breastfeeding, childbirth, and in health-related subjects such as gender confirmation surgery. Written erotica will also remain on the site.

Nowadays, pornography represents a substantial element of Tumblr's content. A 2013 estimate said that around 11 percent of the site's 200,000 most-visited domains were porn, and some 22 percent of inbound links were from adult sites.

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Starbucks will begin filtering pornography from its Wi-Fi networks

November 29th, 2018
Starbucks will begin filtering pornography from its Wi-Fi networks

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Starbucks will begin filtering pornography from public Wi-Fi networks in its US stores, the company has told multiple news outlets, including Business Insider and the Verge.

"We have identified a solution to prevent this content from being viewed within our stores and we will begin introducing it to our US locations in 2019," the company told the Verge in an emailed statement.

Viewing pornography has long been banned at Starbucks locations, but until now the company has not had a technological way to enforce the policy in its US locations.

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