Tumblr Taken Off iOS App Store Due to Child Pornography


If you’re a user of Tumblr, you may or may not have noticed that the popular app has been removed from the iOS store. While there weren’t any previous as to why, we now understand that child pornography content has been flagged on the site. It is truly disturbing that this content exists, much less on a platform where people frequent for fun, fanfiction, fan-art, and other fan-related posts.

A statement has been issued from the site, as well as an explanation of how they flag inappropriate content:

“We’re committed to helping build a safe online environment for all users, and we have a zero tolerance policy when it comes to media featuring child sexual exploitation and abuse. As this is an industry-wide problem, we work collaboratively with our industry peers and partners like NCMEC to actively monitor content uploaded to the platform.”

“Every image uploaded to Tumblr is scanned against an industry database of known child sexual abuse material, and images that are detected never reach the platform. A routine audit discovered content on our platform that had not yet been included in the industry database. We immediately removed this content. Content safeguards are a challenging aspect of operating scaled platforms. We’re continuously assessing further steps we can take to improve and there is no higher priority for our team.”

While there is no knowledge as to when the app will return to the iOS App Store, the most important thing is to make sure that if you see anything inappropriate to help report it so that it is kept off Tumblr and hopefully, off the internet.