FEATURES: Tumblr dies on December 17
December 12, 2018 Victoria Luz
For artists, Tumblr dies on December 17. And we’re counting the days till that dreaded day.
Hold your horses, people! Well, technically Tumblr isn’t dead yet. But for artists, it will be. Just recently, Tumblr announced that they will be banning all adult content like child pornography in the site. Sounds good, right?
Tumblr will be banning all adult content from its service after the mobile app was flagged. It was removed in the Apple App Store because of adult content surfacing in the social network. All content including photos, videos, and gifs that “show real-life human genitals or female-presenting nipples” would be banned, including content that shows sex acts. Indeed, it’s actually a good thing. Everything will be filtered.
But artists who use Tumblr as their main platform, are afraid that the algorithm will fuck up their artworks. And it did happen. Tumblr algorithm flagged safe artworks mistakenly. The sudden turn around disappointed Tumblr artists from all over the world. The site insisted that it would still allow non-sexualized images of women’s nipples, in situations such as breastfeeding or works of art. But from what’s happening, it’s a mess.
So tumblrs doing its ban on inappropriate things so I decide to scroll through my art account to see if anything was flagged and they flagged these?!? Lmao what 😂 horses man, they’re cRazY! @tumblr why pic.twitter.com/I4HDu9vo52
— Sage 💛🏳️🌈 (@SageHowlter) December 3, 2018
Tumblr fam, PLEASE send your posts for review that have been flagged. I disagree with the whole NSFW ban but tumblr is great for art, gifs and such. I sent two of mine for review and they were approved, and they were from the pole dancing vid. Help the not learn! pic.twitter.com/KedxzKBbq6
— JessieFrance 💚 Pax East 2019 •31 (@Jessiefrance103) December 5, 2018
Tumblr has been the safe haven of a lot of artists and gained not only fans but also friends. Some have been in Tumblr sharing their art for more than 5 years. The sudden rampant bans and flags are annoying the hell out of them. Artists can’t share flagged artworks. That means zero reaches and interaction.
Yes, there are a lot of other platforms to share art like Patreon but Tumblr is different. Artists choose Tumblr not only because of the simple user-interface but because of the engagement. Artists are able to easily communicate with their fans. It’s the interaction that keeps the art alive.
There is still a few days before the new algorithm falls into place. The artist community hopes that this will be fixed and Tumblr art gets to live and see another day.