BuzzFeed News: Pornhub Is “Extremely Interested” In Acquiring Tumblr. “Pornhub Vice President Corey Price said in an email to BuzzFeed News that the porn-streaming giant is extremely interested in buying Tumblr, the once uniquely horny hub for young women and queer people that banned adult content last December to the disappointment of many of its users. Price said that restoring Tumblr’s NSFW edge would be central to their acquisition of it, were it to actually happen.”
The Verge: Verizon is looking to sell Tumblr after squandering its potential. “Verizon is seeking a buyer for Tumblr, the blogging platform it acquired along with other Yahoo assets in 2017. The Wall Street Journal reports that Verizon has approached other companies in recent weeks that could be potential new homes for Tumblr. The platform hosts 465.4 million blogs and 172 billion posts, according to its about page. The Journal notes that the sale process ‘is ongoing’ and might not result in any transaction.”
TechCrunch: Tumblr – finally – enables HTTPS for all accounts. “Better late than never, Tumblr has rolled out HTTPS across its entire site.”
CNET: Tumblr traffic slumps after December adult content ban. “Similarweb, a web analytics firm, reported that visits to the popular blogging site have dipped significantly since the December pornography ban. On Dec. 3, total Tumblr views on desktop and mobile were at just over 520 million. As of Jan. 28, views had dropped by more than 100 million, according to Similarweb.”
CNN: We tested Tumblr’s ban on porn. It needs work. “A picture of a woman breastfeeding a baby. A fully clothed woman taking selfies in the mirror. A photo of a vase. These images were all wrongly flagged by Tumblr as improper. Tumblr began its crackdown on adult content several weeks ago. But behind the scenes its technology still struggles to figure out the difference between what’s banned and approved nudity.”
TechCrunch: Indonesia unblocks Tumblr following its ban on adult content . “Indonesia, the world’s fourth largest country by population, has unblocked Tumblr nine months after it blocked the social networking site over pornographic content.”
CNET: Tumblr porn ban goes into effect, puppy photos caught in sweep. “Tumblr’s ban on adult content went into effect Monday, and it didn’t take long for users to bare their naked thoughts on the move. The blogging platform announced the change Dec. 3 in a post titled ‘A better, more positive Tumblr.’ On Monday, a new post apologized for what the site admitted has ‘not been an easy transition.’ Flagged content will be hidden, not deleted, the site reported.” The examples in the article would be hysterical if they weren’t enraging.