Here's Some of the Random Content Tumblr Is Flagging for Its No-Porn Policy

Tumblr announced this week that it will remove explicit content from its platform. It's apparently also removing Garfield, Mario, and other weird stuff.

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tumblr is flagging bad things

Earlier this week, Tumblr announced its decision to ban explicit adult content from its site beginning on Dec. 17. But when you use algorithms and AI to filter content, instead of human moderators, the results are likely going to miss the mark.

As Uproxx points out, the platform is now flagging some totally innocuous posts for being too sexy. That includes images of Garfield, fruit, Mr. Rogers, and lot more. Censoring pornographic content is one thing (with its own troubling implications), but blindly deleting half of the platform because a computer can’t tell the difference between Mario’s cartoon nipples and boobs is another.

Damn, Tumblr's even banning Mario's nipples.

— Your Dad On The Internet 🏳️‍⚧️ 🏳️‍🌈 (@ravingsockmonky) December 3, 2018

Users are going on Twitter to share some of the very ridiculous things that will be banned from Tumblr according to its new policy. For sports fans, this include a photo of Alex Ovechkin hugging the Stanley Cup. 


— ✨Rebecca AND|OR Speas✨ (@SpeasySpice) December 4, 2018

ICYMI, the new policy bans all photos, videos and GIFs of human genitalia. Photos showing nipples of female-presenting people will not be allowed (nice!). The platform makes exception for photos depicting political protests, classical statues, breast-feeding, and after-birth. Most text posts are still fine. This decision serves a huge blow to a giant online community, and will have lasting effect we can't predict. 

But don't worry kids, the Nazis are safe. 

Tumblr be banning nudity but not... nazis?

— Nicole Maines 🟧 (@NicoleAMaines) December 3, 2018

nOw tHe cHIlDreN aRE SAfe

— A Nash By Any Other Name Would Still Be a Bot (@Nash076) December 5, 2018

The move comes after the Tumblr app was removed from the Apple Store due to explicit child pornography flagged on the site. The content has since been removed, but the new policy still stands. 

Here’s more of the weird, but totally innocent stuff you may no longer be able to see on Tumblr. In other news, the internet is dying.

I haven’t logged into my Tumblr for a year but I had to check which posts had been flagged.

— Kieran (@KingImpulse) December 4, 2018


— ☆ RB ☆ (@RBtheARTISAN) December 4, 2018

2 hotttt 4 tumblr (yes, really)

— Aelita West (parody) (@ardaniel) December 4, 2018

i know this tumblr thing is fucking over a lot of people but this is so fucking funny i am dying

— PJ (@Android_Sparky) December 3, 2018

went to Tumblr for the first time in 2 years to check if anything got flagged, and it was this
(cc: @nocontextCV )

— Jon "I 💜🤍🖤 My Friends" the Red (@jontheredrc) December 3, 2018

The censorship Algorithm on #Tumblr is flagging reblogs of the official announcement of the change in policy. 🤦🏻‍♀️ Just pull the plug on the serverwhy don’t you…

The iceberg is coming for Tumblr and they’re steering towards it!

— VickyTheDemon (@VickyTheDemon) December 4, 2018

I was looking through tumblr to see which posts have been flagged and I can tell that I'm in for a ride

— yule (@captainspacebf) December 4, 2018

Seeing the new thing about Tumblr banning adult theme content and it flagging things that are not adult content made me curious to go on my forgotten tumblr to see if anything I posted/rebloged in the past flagged anything... Oh boy I was in for a treat.

— Suzi Watts 🏳️‍🌈⭕️ (@SuziTheNose) December 3, 2018

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