Nicely, that didn’t take lengthy. Tumblr introduced a significant change to its platform Monday — the wholesale banning of grownup content material beginning in two weeks — and by Tuesday morning, 1 / 4 of 1,000,000 individuals and counting had added their names to a Change.org petition opposing the transfer.

In truth, based on Change.org, the petition over the ban — which was began by an NSFW grownup artist named S.S. — is the third hottest petition this week within the US. It garnered greater than 215,000 signatures in its first 24 hours alone.

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In Tumblr’s announcement concerning the change Monday, the corporate mentioned it was taking a stand to construct “a greater, extra optimistic Tumblr.” This, after all, belies the truth that adult-related content material contains a major chunk of what’s out there throughout the platform. Twitter, as you possibly can think about, additionally lit up immediately in response to the ban with a lot of snarky tweets arguing that porn is actually Tumblr’s bread and butter, and the Change.org petition tries to make that very same case:

“Let individuals submit porn,” it reads. “It’s 90% of the rationale anyone is on the location within the first place.”

Continues “S.S.” by way of the petition: “I’m a NSFW tumblr artist who has the overwhelming majority of their viewership (and thus, potential for revenue from commissions and such) on Tumblr. With tumblr being taken down, a LARGE portion of my viewerbase will go together with it, and never solely will this harm individuals like myself, who depend on this revenue to stay, however it should additionally imply the individuals who DO wish to view that content material not get it.”

Tumblr’s firm weblog submit yesterday concerning the information contains references to very slim allowable exceptions, equivalent to photos associated to breastfeeding. The corporate additionally says it’s not going to take down the blogs that embrace grownup content material — these blogs will simply must shift to posting permitted content material going ahead.

Amongst a number of the statements included by signers in assist of the Change.org petition:

  • “I’m signing for the artists. Let their creativity have an outlet and attain their followers and encourage artists to not be afraid to specific themselves. Tumblr was about accepting and sharing the creations from the totally different fandoms, regardless of the content material,” writes Jessica Harper.
  • “It’s improper for Tumblr to only all of a sudden nuke half of its person base all as a result of they’re too incompetent to really get the porn bots underneath management with out nuking precise non-porn however blogs,” writes Greyson Harris.

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