It’s quite amazing that a company that takes pornography so seriouly that it decides to ban its use on their platform, has no problems with Neo-Nazis using their platform.
Check out this astonishing report by Sputnik News-
Starting Dec 17, adult content will not be allowed on Tumblr. Tumblr’s decision to ban pornographic images from its platform on Monday has been roundly panned as bad for fan culture and harmful to sex workers. The move restricts content on the site that many users appreciated, yet leaves the platform open to neo-Nazi images that had also generated complaints, a Sputnik News investigation has found.
Since Tumblr’s founding in 2007, the social media site has been the “go-to place for risque content barred from social media sites like Facebook or Instagram,” Sputnik News reported as the new ban was announced.
Sex workers, already reeling from the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act and the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA-SESTA), which became law in April, say Tumblr’s move could hurt them as well. Sex workers say FOSTA-SESTA puts them in harm’s way by eliminating safe avenues for advertising and forcing them into the streets. The claim has been vindicated by the increasing arrests of sex workers since the bill allowed for websites like Backpage, which advertised personal and sexual services, to be shut down by authorities, and other sites like Craigslist shuttered similar sections for fear of the same.
Sex workers who hold live webcam shows or sell naked photographs online had previously found a safe space to do business within Tumblr’s “explicit” filters. Now, the company is banning any images, GIFs or videos that depict sex acts, human genitals or “female-presenting nipples.”
Laurie Richards, a UK-based reporter, went viral on Twitter on Monday with more than 20,000 retweets in around one day. “Tumblr being able to just ban all porn on their platform is fascinating because they show just how easily they could also choose to ban, for instance, Nazis,” she wrote.
A search for the term “national socialism” turns up four blogs and numerous neo-Nazi posts, including ones that say “There is no shame in European heritage,” historical photos of Heinrich Himmler, a “daily reminder” that the Nazi-era German flag is the “most beautiful, and pleasing flag in existence,” a meme praising Hitler as among the “last warriors who fought the satanic jewish banking cartel that rules you today,” GIFs of Nazis marching in formation and much more.
A search for the term “white power” yields six blogs, including one called “Stick together whites!” that features a woman standing in front of a Swastika as a profile picture and a reference to “14/88” in the bio; 14/88 refers to the neo-Nazi slogan “We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children,” or “fourteen words,” and Hitler’s birthday, with the eights representing the eighth letter of the alphabet, H, and HH signifying “heil Hitler.” The blog also posts racist and pro-Nazi images.
Searches on Tumblr for terms like “white genocide” and “it’s ok to be white” yield similar results.