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A better, more positive Tumblr

Since its founding in 2007, Tumblr has always been a place for wide open, creative self-expression at the heart of community and culture. To borrow from our founder David Karp, we’re proud to have inspired a generation of artists, writers, creators, curators, and crusaders to redefine our culture and to help empower individuality.

Over the past several months, and inspired by our storied past, we’ve given serious thought to who we want to be to our community moving forward and have been hard at work laying the foundation for a better Tumblr. We’ve realized that in order to continue to fulfill our promise and place in culture, especially as it evolves, we must change. Some of that change began with fostering more constructive dialogue among our community members. Today, we’re taking another step by no longer allowing adult content, including explicit sexual content and nudity (with some exceptions).  

Let’s first be unequivocal about something that should not be confused with today’s policy change: posting anything that is harmful to minors, including child pornography, is abhorrent and has no place in our community. We’ve always had and always will have a zero tolerance policy for this type of content. To this end, we continuously invest in the enforcement of this policy, including industry-standard machine monitoring, a growing team of human moderators, and user tools that make it easy to report abuse. We also closely partner with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the Internet Watch Foundation, two invaluable organizations at the forefront of protecting our children from abuse, and through these partnerships we report violations of this policy to law enforcement authorities. We can never prevent all bad actors from attempting to abuse our platform, but we make it our highest priority to keep the community as safe as possible.

So what is changing?

Posts that contain adult content will no longer be allowed on Tumblr, and we’ve updated our Community Guidelines to reflect this policy change. We recognize Tumblr is also a place to speak freely about topics like art, sex positivity, your relationships, your sexuality, and your personal journey. We want to make sure that we continue to foster this type of diversity of expression in the community, so our new policy strives to strike a balance.

Why are we doing this?

It is our continued, humble aspiration that Tumblr be a safe place for creative expression, self-discovery, and a deep sense of community. 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. 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.

Bottom line: 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.

So what’s next?

Starting December 17, 2018, we will begin enforcing this new policy. Community members with content that is no longer permitted on Tumblr will get a heads up from us in advance and steps they can take to appeal or preserve their content outside the community if they so choose. All changes won’t happen overnight as something of this complexity takes time.

Another thing, filtering this type of content versus say, a political protest with nudity or the statue of David, is not simple at scale. We’re relying on automated tools to identify adult content and humans to help train and keep our systems in check. We know there will be mistakes, but we’ve done our best to create and enforce a policy that acknowledges the breadth of expression we see in the community.

Most importantly, we’re going to be as transparent as possible with you about the decisions we’re making and resources available to you, including more detailed information, product enhancements, and more content moderators to interface directly with the community and content.

Like you, we love Tumblr and what it’s come to mean for millions of people around the world. Our actions are out of love and hope for our community. We won’t always get this right, especially in the beginning, but we are determined to make your experience a positive one.

Jeff D’Onofrio
CEO

 

So what does this mean?  This means that all “adult content” which includes any nudist/naturist tumblrs will get deleted as well.  So we’ll have to move from tumblr soon!

Stolen Innocence.

Well today i was checking around a few places that i follow and i saw a picture so i clicked on a link.  Which lead me to another link, and to another link which lead me to a quasi porn site on Tumblr.

Now i used to blame the porn industry for this, but now i realize i may need to apologize to said industry.  This isn’t the porn industry that is doing this.  Its normal every day people who are taking the pictures we post on Tumblr or WordPress, or where ever and putting them on their softcore porn blogs.  Sometimes with credit links, sometimes without.  Then said picture gets linked or reblogged to at least 50 plus Tumblr sites in a matter of hours or days.

Now the picture was from Naturist Fab’s tumblr page, and after i did some investigation at least 20 other sites had reblogged his innocent picture.  The tumblr site that originally stole the picture is called “The Naturist Guys”.  The site is splattered with pictures from numerous naturist sites and tumblrs as well as obvious pictures of gay male porn.  So its become obvious now that Tumblr is a major threat to our privacy as nudists.  I just want to advise everyone to be careful and i may add more to this post, but i am pressed for time because as i write this i need to leave for work.  But one last thing.

On a much more personal note I will say that i am not trying to shame NF in any form or fashion.  I almost posted the link to The Naturist Guys tumblr page and the picture they stole.  But i felt that my friend NF had been abused enough so i decided not to do so.  To be honest i rarely visit blog because i can get everything through my WP reader.  And i had no idea he had a tumblr page until this morning.  Sorry NF.  I hope i haven’t caused you any trouble.  I just wanted to make you and others aware of the threats we face via the growing stupidity of pervs and morons on the internet.

Losing control of my image, 7 lessons from 2015

This issue of losing control of the images you post online is something that nearly every one of us in the nudist persuasion is going to have to deal with.  I’ve been online since online came to exist and I can tell you that anytime you post a picture of yourself in the nude then you can expect the picture to be downloaded, saved and maybe spread around.

A good example.  A group of pictures that have been spread around for years about a incestuous family who took pictures together.  But you look at the pictures themselves and it tells a different story.  The pictures are of a naturist family who agreed to pose in the nude together showing themselves as a family.  Nothing erotic at all.  The pictures where basically comparisons in size and facial structure.  Showing how much the son looks like his father and his mother combined.  And yet this collection of pictures is literally on numerous sites tagged as incest.

I’ve seen numerous photos from naturist sites placed on obvious porn sites tagged as anything from lesbian to incest.  Some sites are just up front with the whole deal and say they took the pictures from the web and are now displaying them for your viewing pleasure.  Or they claim that real amateurs sent in the pictures.

In the end this is not to discourage we nudists from posting our positive lifestyle on the Internet.  In fact we need to do so, so we can show how positive Naturism is as a whole.  If nothing else this reblog is just a bit of education for those of us who are online as naturists.  So we can understand what we are getting into before we click that button that posts a picture of us on the web.

walking with freedom

At the end of 2013 I first wrote about losing control of my image as being one of the hazards of participation in nude events in public. It was a little tongue in cheek as I hardly have an image to lose control of, but it did raise some serious issues as well.

I am revisiting the subject again looking back on 2015, a year when in retrospect I think I could have done rather more in this direction. After all, one naked walk, one naked bike ride and one naked visit to an art exhibition could seem a bit of a damp squib, but I am aware that for many this could be considered the height of (mis)adventure.

Thinking of a specific photographic image, control has two aspects, control of what is captured, and control of who gets to see it. Clothed or unclothed, if you are in a…

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