Why Tumblr’s new ‘safe mode’ is a bigger deal than you think


Tumblr just made some big changes to how it approaches NSFW content. 

Earlier this week, the platform introduced a new “safe mode” that, when enabled, prevents users from seeing NSFW content unless they choose to view it.

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That may sound like a pretty straightforward change, but it’s already proving to be controversial and not just for the reasons you may think.

First, a bit of context: the Tumblr community has long been known as a free-spirited group where just about anything goes, including porn and many other varieties of NSFW content. Not only that, Tumblr’s openness has given rise to countless communities of people who eagerly share and celebrate much of this content.  Read more…

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