12-09-2018 07:26:58 PM -0800
12-09-2018 12:55:00 PM -0800
12-09-2018 11:28:28 AM -0800
12-09-2018 09:15:50 AM -0800
12-08-2018 06:24:35 PM -0800
It looks like you've previously blocked notifications. If you'd like to receive them, please update your browser permissions.
Desktop Notifications are  | 
Get instant alerts on your desktop.
Turn on desktop notifications?
Remind me later.
PJ Media encourages you to read our updated PRIVACY POLICY and COOKIE POLICY.
X


Stretch, grab a late afternoon cup of caffeine and get caught up on the most important news of the day with our Coffee Break newsletter. These are the stories that will fill you in on the world that's spinning outside of your office window - at the moment that you get a chance to take a breath.
Sign up now to save time and stay informed!

Tumblr Bans Porn

Tumblr is in hot water with its users after deciding to delete all adult material off its platform. Jeff D'Onofrio, CEO of Tumblr, put out this announcement:

Over the past several months, and inspired by our storied past, we’ve given serious thought to who we want to be to our community moving forward and have been hard at work laying the foundation for a better Tumblr. We’ve realized that in order to continue to fulfill our promise and place in culture, especially as it evolves, we must change. Some of that change began with  fostering more constructive dialogue among our community members. Today, we’re taking another step by no longer allowing adult content, including explicit sexual content and nudity (with some exceptions).

Posts that contain adult content will no longer be allowed on Tumblr, and we’ve updated our Community Guidelines to reflect this policy change. We recognize Tumblr is also a place to speak freely about topics like art, sex positivity, your relationships, your sexuality, and your personal journey. We want to make sure that we continue to foster this type of diversity of expression in the community, so our new policy strives to strike a balance.

Bottom line: There are no shortage of sites on the internet that feature adult content. We will leave it to them and focus our efforts on creating the most welcoming environment possible for our community.

This did not go over well with the porn fetishists that appear to run Tumblr.

The only thing I know about Tumblr is that a friend told me her ten-year-old was once exposed to suicide and cutting blogs by another child of their acquaintance on the site. That terrifying experience led to the attempted suicide of the child who had shared the page with her child. These are the kinds of deadly landmines that social media has created for parents. There is no doubt that social media is extremely dangerous for kids. Countless stories of suicides after "cyberbullying" on these platforms can be found everywhere, with victims as young as nine.

While it is true that parents have the ultimate responsibility of keeping their children safe, what role should society play? Matt Walsh did a live Facebook video about this issue and mused that we are the first generation of parents to have to deal with the aftermath of social media — and our kids are the guinea pigs. We are the experiment.

We don't know what will become of our children — even if we keep them off the platforms that are the most problematic. We can't keep them away from it entirely. It's impossible. If we don't allow it in our homes, some child will show it to them when they are at school or at a birthday party.