A while back I posted a petition over on Change.org because I got a rather disturbing email from Tumblr stating that they wouldn’t remove pornographic animated gif images from their site even though it’s in their rules that you can’t use the service to post pornography. Here’s the problem, for some stupid reason whoever made that rule made it specifically say “videos”. So the gifs and stills are being left up there per the exact wording of the rules. I felt strongly enough on this that it spawned the petition. Well, I’m hardly well known anywhere. I don’t have a million friends. Some of the friends I do have don’t care about most things enough to sign a petition about it. So, I got a few signatures and it stalled.
Don’t misunderstand. I’m not one of these people arm waving over artistic nude photos and such. Generally speaking, those only grab my attention on report if they aren’t correctly tagged as adult content. Most of the legit art nude photographers and artists don’t DO the kind of “money shot” garbage I’ve been seeing slip the rules because they know damned well where that art nude/porn line gets drawn when it comes to public display. Plus, because most of them are photographers by trade, they are careful to make sure their mature content is correctly tagged and isn’t available to children. They don’t want to get themselves into a pile of legal trouble that could endanger their work. So those are not my targets on this petition.
My targets on this petition are the users who willfully and with malice of forethought break the rules by posting pornographic content and exploiting the stupidly exact wording in the rules. The majority also post this rubbish without tagging it as adult content. Because of that, it’s visible to any user of Tumblr regardless of age. There is also the fact that most of the blogs where this crap is posted are full to the gills with links to malware, virus and other sorts of attack sites. I can tell you that I’ve encountered some, when I spotted something kinky and went to report it, that were so bad that even just visiting the blog can kill your machine if you aren’t adequately protected. Sexually transmitted machinery diseases… who would have thought we’d ever come to THAT particular day? *shudder* So, not only are they putting images children shouldn’t be looking at where they are easily accessible, they are also endangering the computers those children use and the computer of anyone else this stuff gets shared around to.
All in all, the fact that the pornography rules aren’t applied with anything resembling intelligence here on Tumblr is not a good thing for any of us. It puts our machines at risk. It allows for children to be exposed to pornography. Eventually, if anything really horrid happens because of it, it could shut the whole site down while the law sorts out whether they are in compliance with the regulations in regards to transmission of pornography. Currently they are not because there is a LOT of porn in the general access areas where kids can get to it.
So anyway, apparently, some people think my concern in this matter is funny. In fact, a blog here on Tumblr posted a link to my petition making fun of it (9 signatures hahaha basically). There are two aspects of this that make me laugh hysterically: Earlier today, I got an email from Change.org saying the petition broke 100 signatures. Moments after I got the email, it was up to 103. A few hours later it’s at 107. So, I think that trying to make fun of me rubbish kind of backfired. LMAO. The other thing that makes me laugh is that they act like I’m supposed to give a shit about them posting me to their “fail blog” clone. Oooo! I so injured. *snort* Frankly, the opinion of someone who feels the need to make fun of people online in order to boost their feeling of superiority matters less to me than what the Kardashian clan is up to today. To give you an idea of just how unimportant that is, I care more about the ants crawling around the cracks on our patio than I care about the useless Kardashians. So yeah, way to try and make fun. Seriously, if you don’t agree, don’t sign. Next time, however, you might want to think before you link to things you don’t support on a blog with lots of subscribers who then share the item around. LOL
Not to mention, I only heard about the fail blog thing because a friend on FaceBook saw it and mentioned it on my timeline. I suppose they thought they would just be able to make fun of me without me ever knowing because of the false sense of anonymity the internet gives people. Well, I guess that joke is on them. I left them a little message thanking them for the free PR and letting them know I really just couldn’t care less what they think of my petition. *snicker* Oh, and just since I started writing this about twenty minutes ago, the signatures are up to 109.