By Rosa Golijan
Tumblr has been known to struggle with an overwhelming amount of content which promotes or glorifies many forms of self-harm including though unfortunately not limited to eating disorders, self-mutilation and even suicide. Now the micro-blogging service's staff has made the decision to fight this phenomenon by officially prohibiting blogs "that actively promote self-harm."
An announcement on the official Tumblr staff blog explains that the decision to revise the service's content policy is not being taken lightly as its staff is "deeply committed to supporting and defending [its] users freedom of speech." But as a company, those folks have decided that certain and specific types of content including spam and identity theft "aren't welcome on Tumblr."
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Is censoring a good idea for a social site?
Having accidentally followed children (some barely teens) who are posting self-mutilation (severe cutting)... I think free speech has to be balanced against encouraging people to hurt or kill themselves.
Censorship is almost never a good idea; that being said though, those kind of pro-anorexia sites that they've banned are outright dangerous to young girls. Back in my more insecure days I used to frequent them and the things they tell girls and encourage girls to do are awful. Pro-anorexia sites should not exist... but I'm not comfortable with the idea of censorship.
Although it is tumblr's call-- their website-- so they should be able to decide what's allowed.
Hub Pages bans certain subjects and that helps keep the integrity of our site high.
Good for them for recognizing that their site is promoting harm and putting a stop to it.
I hope this is a positive sign that social sites recognize they have a social responsibility (of sorts).
Unfortunately, the internet is like a hydra. You cut off one toxic head and it grows two more. The information will continue to proliferate on underground sites.
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