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Tumblr is begging you to please stop asking for porn

Tumblr’s logo. | Photo: Amelia Holowaty Krales

Automattic CEO Matt Mullenweg would like you to please stop asking Tumblr to bring back porn because it isn’t going to happen. After widespread and inaccurate speculation that Tumblr would lift its ban on adult content, Mullenweg posted a long explanation yesterday of why Tumblr will never go back to the old days. Or, in his words: “the casually porn-friendly era of the early internet is currently impossible.”

That doesn’t mean Tumblr’s policies will stay the same. Mullenweg has said before that Automattic (which bought Tumblr in 2019) wants to loosen the rules its old owner Verizon implemented in 2018, and he reiterated that here, echoing comments he made earlier this week. Verizon’s ban “took out not only porn but also a ton of art and…

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