Tumblr’s porn-blocking algorithms aren’t off to a great start.
After the shock announcement this week that the site would soon be removing all adult content, including sexually explicit imagery and ‘female-presenting nipples,’ users have been sharing hilarious examples of what has so far been flagged.
Despite attempting to put pornography in its crosshairs, Tumblr’s algorithms seem to be reporting everything but; countless posts shared on Twitter show the site has flagged cartoons, raw chicken, shoes, and even former vice president Joe Biden.
The issue, though comical, highlights the concerns of artists and other professionals and hobbyists who have spoken out against the move, arguing that the crackdown will effectively strip their work from the site, too.
At this stage, it’s unclear what exactly the algorithms’ criteria are for identifying pornographic content, given the broad array of bizarre posts the site has flagged so far.
Tumblr has defined it primarily as ‘photos, videos, or GIFs that show real-life human genitals or female-presenting nipples, and any content—including photos, videos, GIFs and illustrations—that depicts sex acts.’
But, according to frustrated users and the hashtag they’ve spawned, all sorts of content is now considered ‘Too Sexy For Tumblr.’
In one example spotted by Motherboard, Tumblr flagged a packaged raw chicken.
In another posted on Twitter by University of Oklahoma law professor Sarah Burstein, the site identified a patent for a boot-scrubber as inappropriate.
And, dozens of other G-rated posts fell victim to the crackdown, too.
This includes a snippet and accompanying photo from a recent article about Joe Biden, a drawing of a ‘cute dinosaur in a flower crown,’ and a picture of a group of puppies.
An illustration of a vomiting unicorn also got caught up in the sweep.
Many have argued that Tumblr’s latest move is an overly-aggressive and misguided attempt to rectify its own mistakes, after the app was pulled from Apple’s iOS App Store on Nov. 16 for failing to spot and remove child pornography.
On Monday, CEO Jeff D’Onofrio penned a blog post to explain that, after ‘weighing the pros and cons of expression in the community,’ the firm would be moving forward with a plan to block all ‘adult content.’
While much of this was long allowed on the platform, the CEO says users will now simply have to go elsewhere to find it.
‘There are no shortage of sites on the internet that feature adult content,’ D’Onofrio said.
‘We will leave it to them and focus our efforts on creating the most welcoming environment possible for our community.’