Tumblr Bans Porn, Algorithm Weirdly Finds ‘Garfield’ And ‘Donkey Kong’ NSFW
By Mikelle Leow, 05 Dec 2018
Image via M-SUR / Shutterstock.com
As it seems, humans aren’t the only ones with filthy minds that see something naughty in just about everything that comes their way. Bots might be worse—according to them, even Garfield is NSFW now.
On Monday, Tumblr announced that it was conducting a sitewide crackdown on sensitive visual content, a genre that’s currently rampant in the network. Starting 17 December, all adult material will be banned.
According to its new community guidelines, “Adult content primarily includes photos, videos, or GIFs that show real-life human genitals or female-presenting nipples, and any content—including photos, videos, GIFs and illustrations—that depicts sex acts.”
However, it appears that these “sex acts” include innocuous imagery of Donkey Kong, Super Mario, and, er, laughing fruit.
To prepare for the ban, Tumblr started alerting accounts if their posts have been flagged, but to the users’ surprise, the supposedly offensive content was anything but.
“Tumblr managed to flag everything but the single, solitary 2014 nipple on my entire blog,” tweeted game concept illustrator Alisa Bishop.
A couple of users were also confused that their posts depicting the Monday-hating ‘Garfield’ had been marked as sensitive content. Should cats be clothed now?
Strangely enough, some accounts reported that a number of posts containing actual human nudity were considered safe.
Tumblr’s algorithm sure has some interesting tastes that need to be addressed.
Tumblr managed to flag everything but the single, solitary 2014 nipple on my entire blog. pic.twitter.com/MIO3w4XWSZ— 🍁 Alisa ❄️ (@alzuna) December 3, 2018
humorously, one of the only things flagged on my tumblr was this...car boys...animation... pic.twitter.com/4SWPKzehyP— Louie Zong (@everydaylouie) December 4, 2018
Oh WOW I thought that shutting down my game project's Tumblr blog because of the NSFW policy was a protest action and not a practical one because all I posted was abstract art but NOPE Tumblr flagged a video of abstract blurs I posted https://t.co/tC4WSR7GB2 as adult content pic.twitter.com/WBwtx2nWwu— mcc (@mcclure111) December 3, 2018
I just went through the 12 most recent pages of my Tumblr archive and these were the only three photos flagged. Two photos of me fully clothed and a picture of my vase ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ pic.twitter.com/dUG5K8lbCy— Erika Moen (@ErikaMoen) December 3, 2018
Hey here's why tumblr's purge of NSFW will not work. Here is what was flagged as NSFW from my art blog ( a thread ) pic.twitter.com/mUTvbKVfaF— ride shiny & chrome (•̀⌄•́) (@immortanjill) December 3, 2018
tumblr is cracking down on 🍑adult content🍆 and so many of my posts are flagged. is this philosophy babies comic flagged bc the guy's eyes look like nipples, or because the ideas i'm putting forward are just too RADICAL?!?! pic.twitter.com/6B6P08WNzl— Julian Glander (@glanderco) December 3, 2018
I haven’t logged into my Tumblr for a year but I had to check which posts had been flagged. pic.twitter.com/dhQpJu5M6v— Kieran Shiach 🎅🏻 (@KingImpulse) December 4, 2018
GARFIELD IS STRAIGHT UP ILLEGAL ON TUMBLR PASS IT ON pic.twitter.com/GPxDsbcjoJ— shan murphy (@heyshanmurphy) December 3, 2018
Look at all the explicit sex and nudity in these dragons and dinosaurs I drew. @tumblr your tech is terrible at this. So many of my illustrations are flagged, even ones that have appeared in actual children’s books nationwide. pic.twitter.com/Czd2jBBozI— RJ Palmer (@arvalis) December 3, 2018
this wholesome drawing of volleyball boys was flagged as sensitive. OK TUMBLR SURE. pic.twitter.com/6F9LzV1OTF— Arielle Jovellanos ✨ Shop Open! (@joviellety) December 3, 2018
I was looking through tumblr to see which posts have been flagged and I can tell that I'm in for a ride pic.twitter.com/RWkALdAGw6— real kiwi hours (@radspacepal) December 4, 2018
watch out everyone, it's M A R I O pic.twitter.com/ImQUSo9qgE— forosha (@forosha) December 3, 2018
Cooooolllll, so much fun to log into Tumblr and find all my drawings with girls in them to be flagged as adult content!!!! Nice!!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/hYRfveo1Bx— Kat Tsai (@Chuwenjie) December 3, 2018
Here is my obligatory Tumblr's Algorithm is Hilariously Awful post of the day. I'm so saucy with my drawings of *squints* flowy dresses and oversized sweaters pic.twitter.com/iKhV8VJ91d— Trung 🎄 Le ❄️ Nguyen ☃️🎁🎅🤶 (@Trungles) December 3, 2018
some raunchy stuff getting flagged on my tumblr pic.twitter.com/3sPSqm0inn— Matt Cummings (@EiffelArt) December 3, 2018
ah yes, a lady drinking tea. will someone please think of the *children* pic.twitter.com/L2mjMkv2hC— Anna Landin 💜⚪🖤 Commissions closed (@AnnaLandin) December 3, 2018
illegal posts pic.twitter.com/gk0BHqYYQU— red dead dead redemption de-de-de-de-destruction (@3liza) December 4, 2018
[via Kotaku, images via various sources]
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