On its staff blog yesterday, Tumblr revealed a new policy in works regarding self-harm blogs. “Our Content Policy has not, until now, prohibited blogs that actively promote self-harm. These typically take the form of blogs that glorify or promote anorexia, bulimia, and other eating disorders; self-mutilation; or suicide,” the company wrote.
It makes sense that a platform that often serves as the digital equivalent of your adolescent diary to try to grapple with issues of plague that demographic. (Of course, these kind of insidious mental health problems are not solely the province of the young.) But woo boy, is this a slippery slope of where that line gets drawn, which might be why reaction to the post from users is mixed.
“We are deeply committed to supporting and defending our users’ freedom of speech, but we do draw some limits,” says the post, offering much more clear-cut examples like identity theft and spam.