Tumblr Enforces Ban On Self-Harm And Eating Disorders Blogs

Pinterest recently gave their privacy guidelines a revamp concerning copyright and self-harming issues, and it looks like blogging service Tumblr has followed suit. Introducing a ban on blogs actively promoting anorexia, bulimia and self-harm, the site hopes to remove any negative association with these issues - however, whilst many campaigners have welcomed this piece of news, many bloggers are unhappy with the change; claiming blog posts act as a form of therapy.

Mark Coatney from Tumblr stated that he expected thousands of pages to be removed as a result of this amendment.

"This is not a good thing for our community and we are taking steps to correct that. "

He also explained that the company hoped to offer healthy support to users by linking to official organisations in order to assist them.

"When people search for certain tags such as 'pro ana,' we are going to include messages about why this is harmful and suggest where they can go for resources to help them out."

Despite its attempt at making Tumblr a safer place, numerous users have complained about the latest move undertaken by the microblogging service. An e-petition to try to prevent Tumblr from removing blogs has been signed by over 1,600 users.

The epetition reads: "We simply post this content because it is an accurate representation of our own thoughts and feelings that we would not otherwise be able to express: to us it is a form of therapy."

Source: BBC