Yahoo will not restrict porn on Tumblr

Teens are turning to Tumblr to escape parents on Facebook.  A recent Pew Research study has indicated this. But  finding pornography on Tumblr is no different than finding it on Twitter or Facebook.  The fact of the matter is, Tumblr, like many websites, blog platforms and social networks, does not have the content filters or oversight in place to ensure a healthy experience for any child.  For parents, it will be helpful to have a constant dialogue with your children about their online activities.  Sometimes, it may be necessary to block certain sites on your family computer.  

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The online media conglomerate Yahoo! Inc. has promised not to remove pornographic material from the youth-oriented blogging platform Tumblr, which it recently purchased for $1.1 billion.  

During a conference call for stockholders discussing the buyout, one investor asked Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer  how the company plans to protect advertisers from the parts of Tumblr that are “not as brand safe as the rest of Yahoo,” namely, its large number of pornographic image-based blogs.

Mayer said that despite Yahoo!’s family-friendly reputation, the company plans to “let Tumblr be Tumblr” and will not clean the blogging site of obscenity.

Tumblr’s community guidelines are notoriously lenient about pornography.  The site is especially known for its tightly-knit communities of users who share unusual fetishes, such as adult bedwetting and zoophilia.  It also has a large number of “thinspiration” pages run by young women with eating disorders, and “cutting” pages for those who engage in self-harm.

Mayer said that Yahoo! will carefully target ads to avoid showcasing brands on X-rated or offensive pages but otherwise allow the site to continue as it is.

 

Sources: 

http://pewinternet.org/Reports/2013/Teens-Social-Media-And-Privacy/Summary-of-Findings.aspx

http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/yahoo-to-tumblr-users-your-porn-is-safe-with-us