Anyone remember that time that Google tried to ban adult content on Blogger, and then took it back three days later? No?
Tumblr announced that they are banning adult content, starting on December 17. According to their policy,
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.
The policy includes additional exceptions for breastfeeding, health-related situations, political speech, and nudity in art.
This morning I saw a lot of doom and gloom about the ban, which I would deem justified. Most obviously, this hurts sex workers and erotic illustrators, who may be using tumblr as a source of advertising or income, and are now being evicted. But more broadly, it’s a big concern for fandoms. Although not all fans are interested in erotic art, fandoms are interconnected communities, and you can’t just excise the adult content without affecting everyone. It is likely that entire fan communities will just get up and leave. There is precedent for this in Fanfiction.net and LiveJournal.