Tumblr porn is safe as Yahoo 'promises not to screw it up'

When it was announced that Yahoo was purchasing the blogging site Tumblr for a price of $1.1 billion, users of the site were immediately afraid. While Tumblr is a business, it's also a place many consider their online home, and some of their houses are filthy.

While it's by no means the majority, there is a community of Tumblr users whose profiles focus on pornographic material. With a huge family-safe company like Yahoo entering the equation, it's natural to fear explicit content would be heavily monitored/moderated.

It sounds like that might not be the case, though. In a press release from Yahoo, the company "promises not to screw it up" and notes that Tumblr will continue to operate independently. That was echoed by Tumblr chief David Karp, who released a note of his own. "We're not turning purple," he writes, "Our headquarters isn't moving. Our team isn't changing. Our roadmap isn't changing. And our mission -- to empower creators to make their best work and get it in front of the audience they deserve -- certainly isn't changing."

When asked how content on Tumblr that isn't "brand safe" would line up with advertiser interests, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer says it will help to attract a larger audience. "I think the richness and breadth of content available on Tumblr -- even though it may not be as brand safe as what's on our site -- is what's really exciting and allows us to reach even more users."

It sounds like, for the time being, porn on Tumblr is safe. Whether that continues to be the way it works is anyone's guess.
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