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Trumblr shits the bed
« on: December 03, 2018, 04:14:31 pm »
So, after it was discovered by Apple and Google that Tumblr has a massive child porn problem, they pull the app from the app store.  So Tumblr, it's staff waking up from a massive coma, decide the best thing to get back in the good graces of the app stores.

Nuke the whole thing from orbit and salt the ashes

So first, they delist all forms of "adult" content from the search engine.  Ie all the porn.  Now, they're just going to remove all of it wholesale.  The userbase is understandably upset.  Mostly because it seems they're being rather puritan in how they define what is and is not "adult content".

Ironbite-looks like tumblr's gonna go the way of Livejournal in terms of social media.

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Re: Trumblr shits the bed
« Reply #1 on: December 03, 2018, 06:49:18 pm »
With the number of niche sexual pursuasions on Tumblr that's demonstrating a really high level of awareness of their target market, like-really high.

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Re: Trumblr shits the bed
« Reply #2 on: December 03, 2018, 06:52:38 pm »
Ah, prudes - the kind of people who desperately want everything not "wholesome" Christian, White and Conventionally Straight banned from everything.

Anything adult oriented is "literally the same" as child porn because they say so. Just conveniently ignore the right wing's presence on a notorious kiddie porn peddling website, just ignore that, for the sake of public decency.
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Re: Trumblr shits the bed
« Reply #3 on: December 03, 2018, 08:41:31 pm »
I don't think they're being puritans. They probably figure it's the only way to quickly and visibly get rid of the child porn and get themselves back in Apple and Google's good graces. Hell, with a site as massive as Tumblr, they're probably right.

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« Reply #4 on: December 03, 2018, 11:01:26 pm »
Agreed, it's a carpet bombing solution but it's still ill advised if you wipe out all of Tumblr land trying to hit a single target but, it's how most social media companies react. Anything to avoid hiring moderators.

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Re: Trumblr shits the bed
« Reply #5 on: December 03, 2018, 11:27:27 pm »
Wanna know what else is easy?  Using machine learning to identify child porn and flag potential offenses for review.  It's not like the technology is hard to implement; there's detailed tutorials for all but absolute neophytes.
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Re: Trumblr shits the bed
« Reply #6 on: December 04, 2018, 03:31:11 am »
Is there anything on Tumblr other than porn?? Anything worthwhile that is.

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Re: Trumblr shits the bed
« Reply #7 on: December 04, 2018, 03:30:13 pm »
There's some social justice movements that absolutely need tumblr to even take off and survive.  But the majority of the platform is for porn.  And by that I mean for sex workers.  So by kicking them off, all tumblr's left with is the alt right.

Ironbite-and we know how far that's gonna get 'em.

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Re: Trumblr shits the bed
« Reply #8 on: December 04, 2018, 10:16:57 pm »
This article is a nice summary of the clusterfuck.

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WHOSE FANDOMS WILL VERIZON SELL ADS AGAINST ONCE FANS CAN NO LONGER EXPRESS THEMSELVES?

This quote foreshadows why Tumblr will tumble into the abyss.

And then, there's this:

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Re: Trumblr shits the bed
« Reply #9 on: December 05, 2018, 01:59:38 am »
I think it should be noted that Verizon is desperate to sell Tumblr. These kinds of social media sites (including Tumblr and Twitter) don't exist to be their own thing, they're there to flip for a profit. The problem is that no one is buying. Twitter has a NAZI problem they refuse to do anything about and Tumblr has a child pornography problem that lead to them doing this hilariously ham fisted nuking of both adult and "adult" content. And I fucking guarantee you it won't work.
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Re: Trumblr shits the bed
« Reply #10 on: December 05, 2018, 03:49:34 am »
If they had managed to kick off the Nazis and the CP stuff then they could find a buyer easily. Or keep it and make money. Now they try to do SOMETHING that would make it easier to sell it, doesn't matter if they throw out the baby with the bath water if it they find a buyer, then it will be the new owner who needs to find users again.

...As it is though, they might find some Nazi-friendly rich dude who would take the site and use it to spread Nazi-propaganda in the name of FREE SPEECH or something.
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Re: Trumblr shits the bed
« Reply #11 on: December 05, 2018, 07:39:34 pm »
If they had managed to kick off the Nazis and the CP stuff then they could find a buyer easily. Or keep it and make money. Now they try to do SOMETHING that would make it easier to sell it, doesn't matter if they throw out the baby with the bath water if it they find a buyer, then it will be the new owner who needs to find users again.

...As it is though, they might find some Nazi-friendly rich dude who would take the site and use it to spread Nazi-propaganda in the name of FREE SPEECH or something.
Of course, causing the user base (and their ad dollars) to evacuate could put off some buyers. All in all it's an interesting window into the "thinking" that goes on in some boardrooms.

In keeping with the OP title of Tumblr shitting beds, they've banned explicit user content but still have NSFW ads. What a fucking mess!
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Re: Trumblr shits the bed
« Reply #12 on: December 05, 2018, 08:45:38 pm »
Well, yeah they still have NSFW adds. Tumblr took their money, didn't they?
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Re: Trumblr shits the bed
« Reply #13 on: December 06, 2018, 03:09:18 am »
Driving off a lot of the userbase will drop the value of Tumblr BUT if the stunt had also driven off all the undesirables it would have at least meant that the amount of potential buyers goes up.

This is basically them setting the garage on fire to get rid of rats there and hoping that the fire doesn't spread to the house. It did and they aren't sure if the rats are even gone but it was the only easy and quick idea they had.

Hiring a massive amount of mods or buying a machine learning automod are expensive, take time and are unreliable. If they wanted to really keep Tumblr they could do it but if they just want to dump it on someone else and run away with the cash then any money spent on fixing things means less money for them.
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Re: Trumblr shits the bed
« Reply #14 on: December 06, 2018, 05:14:23 am »
Driving off a lot of the userbase will drop the value of Tumblr BUT if the stunt had also driven off all the undesirables it would have at least meant that the amount of potential buyers goes up.
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