Tumblr Moves To Ban Content Rather Than Continue Its Legacy

Tumblr Moves To Ban Content Rather Than Continue Its Legacy

Everyone has a different definition of "inappropriate material."

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Tumblr, the microblogging site which offered a happy medium between anonymity and creative expression, is now banning the very content which built the site: Not Safe For Work (NSFW) material and adult-oriented content. A directory for such material was created in 2010, alongside other directories for topics like art, fashion, and photography. The site was seen as a safe haven for promoting creativity and connection and was an alternative to searching riskier sites for adult material.

It was a safe place for users to explore and share their interests without judgment.

In 2013, after being acquired by Yahoo, Tumblr underwent some initial changes to curb the availability of NSFW content. A complicated filtration system was introduced which seemed to erase such content. Yet, those familiar with the site were able to bypass the system and find the material they wanted to see.

The changes didn't stop there. Once acquired by Verizon, the site's 'safe mode' became standard and essentially blacklisted content deemed 'inappropriate'. Although the feature could be disabled, many users had to offer explicit consent when they wanted to view 'inappropriate' material. This created an added barrier and made users feel uncomfortable.

Tumblr fell victim to the corporate world in which pornographic, sexual content is sanitized and pushed under the rug.

Despite these changes, Tumblr claims to be curating a welcoming environment, but the content it is now blocking was the sole reason many felt welcome on the site in the first place. It was a place for women to be the creators, rather than the objects of adult, pornographic material. It allowed people to feel safe exploring their sexualities and desires through anonymity and choice of content. Whether the content was in the form of photographs, videos, GIFs, or stories, it was not the mainstream content found on traditional pornography sites.

There was no 'standard' view of the human form. Tumblr catered to all and all felt welcome.

Although the changes won't take effect until December 17th, many users have had their content flagged since the announcement. A machine-learning algorithm has been implemented to detect adult content and warn users on whose sites they appear. Without the added verification from human eyes, many users have seen non-adult content flagged as inappropriate. Examples include a crochet candle and an artist's drawings of dinosaurs and dragons which have appeared in books. Even a photo of Alex Ovechkin of the Capitals sleeping with the Stanley Cup was deemed NSFW. Although many have appealed the flagging of their content, the algorithm poses a greater threat to Tumblr's most important community.

LGBTQ users of Tumblr feel this decision and algorithm will harm their community and hurt the content they create.

When at first this group felt welcome, they now feel alienated. Not only did members find a safe place to talk about their issues, but Tumblr was also the most diverse site in its content offerings. A place of self-discovery is now turning into a place of shame. The algorithm has deemed tags associated with the LGBTQ community, like #bisexual, #gay, #queer, etc. as NSFW. What does this tell the LGBTQ community? That their sexualities are being deemed unsafe and too adult for children to consume.

Tumblr is headed in the same direction as the internet overall: an unwelcoming space for sexual content now forcing users to self-censor or risk being banned from the site.

Erasing the very people who built Tumblr and found their communities online when real-life people ignored them will cause irreparable damage.

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10 Reasons Why Social Media Is A Negative Influence

Is social media truthfully helpful? Or is it doing more harm than good?
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Social Media comes in handy when it comes to gaining information, keeping up with family and friends, and keeping up with the world around you, but with every pro, there is a con. Social Media may be the reason why today's kids grow up so disrespectful towards one another, and the reason why the world is going downhill.

1. Beauty

Social Media puts out an image of what a "beautiful" person is. Social Media puts idea in people's heads that in order to be beautiful, you have to be a certain size, height, hair color, eye color, and race. This is not true, beauty is on the inside and in the eyes of the beholder. Social Media does not define beauty.

2. Made Up Words

Since the increase in use of social media, more and more fake words have been made up and used on a daily basis, such as BAE. These words are being used more and more in daily lives, and the true English language has been pushed aside for these made up words.

3. Lack of Socialization

The more social media is used, the less human interaction actually occurs. People today are interacting less and less with other people unless it is through a cell phone or other technological device. With the decrease in social contact, there is a lack of ability to communicate in the world, and therefore people today are not respecting one another.

4. Cyber-Bullying

Social Media makes bullying easier for those who are afraid to actually bully in person. It makes it easy to bully another person with the use of social media, because rather than having to look someone in the face, a bully can now intrude on other's lives by hiding behind their electronic device.

5. Lack of productivity

With social media comes addiction, much like a drug, social media has you spending countless hours sitting in front of a screen scrolling through other people's lives. With this addiction, there is a lack of time spent doing productive things such as exercise, school work, cleaning etc.

6. Expectations

Social Media puts forth an expectation of how things in the world should be. Women should be skinny, tall, have a thigh gap, and act proper; wearing dresses, nails painted, and hair done nicely. Men are expected to be tall, muscular and have a 6-pack. When in reality people are all different and beautiful in their own way and the expectations that social media puts on them is beyond awful. When out in public, people who spend the majority of their time on social media will analyze and judge any person they see walking down the sidewalk based on the expectations that social media puts out there.

7. Idolizes Alcohol and Drugs

The upkeep with social media is how many likes you have on your latest photo or status. In order to obtain these likes, people post things that are controversial and viewed as "cool" in the minds of their fellow bloggers. Not only is today's generation is drinking and doing drugs more than any other generation, but they are posting their adventures more. Every drink consumed is photographed and posted for the most "likes" on their social media platform.

8. Loss of Privacy

With everything posted, there is a location shared. Although most social media sites have the opportunity to "private" your account, nothing is really private. With everything you post, you are giving away all of your personal information which makes it easy for predators and other creeps online to find you.

9. Lower Grades

With the addiction to social media, less time is spent studying and doing homework, and more time is spent scrolling through the latest meme or GIF. With the lack of studying and homework being done, grades of social media addicts are dropping.

10. Psychological/Mental Disorders

The increase in social media use has has lead to the increase in children and teens diagnosed with mental disorders such as ADHA, depression, and anxiety. Social media has left teens and children feeling alone and lack in knowing how to deal with social issues such as harassment from people. Social Media also causes malfunctions in brain activity due to constantly looking at a screen.


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How An Egg Overcame The Odds And Became The Most Liked Post On Instagram

Common sense said no, but the internet said yes.

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On January 4th, an account with the name World_Record_Egg posted a picture of... well, and egg that asked users to like it, share it, and get it to over 18 million likes. This would make it the most liked picture on Instagram ever, taking Kylie Jenner's spot in #1.

The movement was slow, a week in there were less than 2 million likes. However, the second weekend of the posts existence, things took off. Numbers began to climb rapidly. On Sunday, refreshing the account would show it climbing at tens of thousands of likes every second. Excitement grew and grew and grew until that Sunday night, the mission was accomplished, the eagle had landed, the bag was secured. The record was beaten.

The likes, however, did not stop coming. 19 million likes would have put the post well ahead of Kylie. 20 million would have been more than enough to solidify the record for quite a while. However, the internet did not stop there. As of right now, the post is at 46.7 million likes, and is still going up ever so slowly.

Many people consider this stupid. It is just some dumb stunt for clout. It's a troll. It's a meme. Sure, it could be considered all of these things, but it could be seen as so much more. The way I see it. This egg is a place where anybody can come together and support something. People from all walks of life came out to support this post. Young and old. Rich and poor. Famous and obscure. People of all races, religions, and political leanings. The egg was able to unify in an increasingly polarizing world, and that is something that is more than just a meme.

The amount of support behind this egg proves something. That people can come together. Even if it for something as simple as an Instagram post about an egg, it demonstrates common ground between people who might see agreement with each other as impossible. It gives hope that maybe we aren't as doomed as we thought. Our world isn't as polarized as we might think. Quite frankly, it shows that people aren't as different as we think they are... or at least the people on Instagram aren't.

So go ahead, like the egg. Go see for yourself who in your life has liked it. See for yourself if the kid who you hated in highschool, or the cousin who you thought you had nothing in common with, or that kid in your dorm who you always have awkward encounters with in the bathroom, see if they liked the egg too. Show yourself that the people who you originally thought were so totally from you, actually might not be so different after all.

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