On Monday, Tumblr released a press release stating that the online platform will ban all adult content, including all photos, videos, images, GIFs, or other types of media that show human genitals include women’s nipples.
The change will take place on Dec. 17. All Tumblr accounts that contain the aforementioned content will be switched into private accounts so that users can’t find them when scrolling. Dec. 17 is, as activist Eliel Cruz noted, International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers.
The new rules are not dependent upon age, and Tumblr noted that there’s still going to be an option to report any type of content posted, regardless of the new ban.
Here’s what you need to know.
Exceptions to the New Adult Content Ban Will Include ‘Female-Representing Nipples in Connection With Breastfeeding, Birth, or After-Birth Moments’
Though female nipples are now largely banned from the site, there are a few exceptions in which depictions will be allowed, and they all relate to motherhood and childbirth.
The press release states, “Examples of exceptions that are still permitted are exposed female-presenting nipples in connection with breastfeeding, birth or after-birth moments, and health-related situations, such as post-mastectomy or gender confirmation surgery.”
The statement also notes that “written content such as erotica, nudity related to political or newsworthy speech, and nudity found in art, such as sculptures and illustrations, are also stuff that can be freely posted on Tumblr.”
For Those Who Already Have Adult Content Posted to Tumblr, They Will Likely Receive Email Notices Flagging the Content That Will Only Be Viewable For Themselves
It doesn’t appear that Tumblr is going to actively delete all adult content that is now restricted under the upcoming ban. However, what it will do is send email notices to all users who have uploaded such content and notify them that those pieces of content will only be viewable from their own account.
If you feel that a piece of content has been improperly categorized as inappropriate, you can also reach out to Tumblr support for clarification.
Twitter Reacts to Tumblr Adult Content Ban: ‘Tumblr Is More Offended at the Human Body Than it Is at Neo-Nazis & the KKK’
Users flooded Twitter after hearing of Tumblr’s decision to ban adult content. Tumblr has long been the go-to platform for adult images and content, especially for those in marginalized and non-hetero communities.