Tumblr Announced They’re Banning Adult Content, So ... Do We Still Need Tumblr?

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In 2007, David Karp founded Tumblr and essentially introduced the term “microblog” to mainstream culture. Its intended purpose was for users to be able to share multiple forms of media, as well as each other’s short-form blogs.


Then, one day, we all looked up and Tumblr had become the social media equivalent of PornHub. You could reblog someone bussin’ it wide open for a “real nigga.” You could add thousands of notes for that pristine peen. The options were endless.

And now, all that nasty nostalgia is coming to an end.

According to Engadget, Tumblr has decided to remove all adult content from its platform starting December 17. The microblogging platform will use bots to flag the content and (human) staff members to support the technology.

Everyone and their respective mamas could be heard around the world asking, “Wait, there’s other content on Tumblr besides porn?” That’s how porn-heavy Tumblr has become, save for threads with obscure pop culture references that are later screenshot and posted to Twitter for entertainment.

“As Tumblr continues to grow and evolve, and our understanding of our impact on our world becomes clearer, we have a responsibility to consider that impact across different age groups, demographics, cultures and mindsets,” said the social media company in a statement released on Monday. “We spent considerable time weighing the pros and cons of expression in the community that includes adult content. In doing so, it became clear that without this content we have the opportunity to create a place where more people feel comfortable expressing themselves.”

Now, for those still lusting for the after-dark content, you’re going to have to get creative. Tumblr will still allow erotica attributed to a newsworthy event or an artful display. And since breastfeeding should be primarily dubbed as baby nutrition in the first fucking place, it is rightfully excluded from the ban, along with other health-related content. In other words, Tumblr is tapping out of titties—except for practical content.

The announcement sent such a shockwave through the online community that the Twitter hashtag #RIPTumblr immediately became a trending topic.


Tumblr gone. Our nigga dead. An unhappy ending. Womp.

Staff Writer, Entertainment at The Root. Sugar, spice & everything rice. Equipped with the uncanny ability to make a Disney reference and a double entendre in the same sentence.



So in other words, Tumblr is basically announcing its own impending death?