Tumblr will now allow nudity but not explicit sex


Tumblr made an update it alluded to in September, changing its rules to allow nudity — but not sexually explicit images — on the platform.

The company updated its community guidelines earlier today, laying out a set of rules that stop at its previous permissive attitude towards sexuality, but formally allow for a wider range of images. “We now welcome a wider range of expression, creativity, and art on Tumblr, including content depicting the human form (yes, that includes the nude human form). So even if your designs contain nudity , mature topics, or sexual themes, you can now share them on Tumblr using the appropriate community tag,” the post read. “Visual depictions of sexually explicit acts remain prohibited on Tumblr.”

A Help Center post and Community Guidelines offer a bit more detail. They say “text, images, and videos containing nudity, offensive language, sexual themes, or mature subject matter” are allowed on Tumblr, but “visual depictions of sexually explicit acts (or content with an overt emphasis on the genitals)” are ‘t. There is an exception for “art of historical significance that you may find in a mainstream museum that depicts sexual acts – such as that from the Indian Śuṅga Empire”, although it should be labeled with mature content or a “sexual themes” tag so users can filter from their dashboards.

“Nudity and other types of adult material are generally welcome. We’re not here to judge your art, we’re just asking that you add a community tag to your mature content so people can choose to filter it. from their dashboard if they prefer,” the community guidelines state. However, users cannot post links or ads on “adult-directed affiliate networks,” they cannot do advertising “escort or erotic services”, and they may not post content that “promotes pedophilia”, including “sexually suggestive” content with images of children.


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