The social media service Tumblr is losing users by the thousands after announcing that it will soon ban all adult content on its service.
Last week, Tumblr announced that it will ban nudity starting on December 17. The service will no longer allow people to post images of nudity or, as Tumblr put it, users won’t be allowed to post “real-life human genitals or female-presenting nipples.”
The announcement sparked a petition where almost 500,000 users are voicing their displeasure.
The unhappy users sort of have a point.
The petition says: “Tumblr, after years of being a space for nsfw artists to reach a community of like-minded individuals to enjoy their work, has decided to close their metaphorical doors to adult content.”
It does seem to be a bit unfair that certain people have gotten used to being able to post their pornographic content on Tumblr for so long only to have the rug pulled out from under them.
Still, Tumblr is a privately-owned business. It can make any rules it wants and change them any time. That is also part of the freedom to run a business in America.
But, as conservatives, we can feel their pain. After all, we have been treated as a danger by big Tech for years and our freedom has been quashed, limited, and denied since the Internet became a “thing.”
Anyway, a lot of far left Trumblr users are furious at the service for its sudden about face on adult content.
According to Business Insider, one user is perplexed by being targeted by Tumblr.
“I frequently got messages from folks who saw my work and said it helped them understand part of themselves better,” an anonymous Tumblr user told The Washington Post. “That’s primarily what I saw on Tumblr, in my curated bubble: women and LGBT creators exploring sexual concepts that they didn’t feel comfortable sharing anywhere else.”
It will remain to be seen if Tumblr will be able to weather the outflux of users.
Clearly it feels it can.
We shall see.
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