Tumblr’s iOS app was pulled from Apple’s App Store on Monday. The reasoning? Child pornography.
It’s widely known that Tumblr has a reputation of a permissive attitude towards adult content. Child pornography, however, is an entirely different matter than crude humor. Though the platform claims it uses an “industry database” to prevent illicit content from spreading, it’s clear that their current system is lacking.
It appears that the temporary solution Tumblr has selected is to delete many accounts and remove massive amounts of content, including those of independent artists. This doesn’t seem to be a smart move.
— Psyk323 (@Psyk323) November 19, 2018
— Kiwi (@CriminalKiwi) November 20, 2018
Before their official announcement went public, iPhone users were outraged about the disappearance of Tumblr.
— 🦌 bambi (@noturusualnurse) November 18, 2018
#TUMBLR has SO many issues – what are they doing to fix any of them?? nothing – they’re just busy locking people out of their blogs for editing their themes + never responding to emails and claim saying they will help is a mistake? what kind of mistake is that lol @tumblr pic.twitter.com/BZ6FR9I2DL
— brooke b (@brookeb6279) November 17, 2018
— Someone (@mushroom_diner) November 19, 2018
— A. Tamar (@WhoaTamar) November 16, 2018
Although child pornography distribution is a very serious matter, in true internet fashion, people are taking the opportunity to make jokes.
Tumblr shut down…now I’m here pic.twitter.com/DDR5qhtCwX
— Jada (@jadayoung_23) November 21, 2018
— Julien Nario (@JuleszVerne) November 19, 2018
— Rockwolf012(Armando) (@Rockwolf012A) November 20, 2018
There’s still many questions circling about what will happen next, and unfortunately, all Tumblr has done is release statements like this:
“We’re committed to helping build a safe online environment for all users, and we have a zero tolerance policy when it comes to media featuring child sexual exploitation and abuse … We immediately removed this content.”
Apple, on the other hand, has yet to give a statement or reinstate the app into their App Store.
Tumblr claims getting its app reinstated with iOS users is its “top priority,” the company is currently unable to give any clear time frame for its return.