Opinions on the upcoming tumblr “no porn” algorithms? Getting rid of child porn and obnoxious pornbots is a goal to strive for, but the ID algorithm displayed so far seems to be inept to a kafkaesque degree? Any plans if the site tanks from loss of ad revenue?

I’m obviously less exposed to the change than a lot of artists on this platform, but I still think it’s not just a terrible idea but a characteristically Silicon Valley terrible idea. You see similar things with Twitter’s inability to deal with bots and Nazis, Facebook’s problems with fake news, Russian bots, and hate speech, and so on and so forth: the basic problem is that all of these companies don’t want to shoulder the responsibility for or pay the costs of having actual humans do the moderating that’s desperately necessary, so instead they turn to algorithms. 

The problem is that these algorithms are blunt, imprecise instruments which tend to be bad at tasks like these, because they’re so reliant on human understanding of nuance and context. (I.E, when is a nipple porn vs. art?) And ultimately they’re only as neutral and “objective” as the people programming them, and given that Tumblr’s starting from a really flawed position (the already-infamous “female-presenting nipple” is a hell of a tell), this algorithm is likely to be bad even by the standards of their kind. 

In terms of my plans…not totally sure yet. After all, this Tumblr site grew out of my WordPress page, so that’s not going anywhere. Twitter isn’t really a good place for answering asks or posting meta, but I do post a lot of progress updates and announcements on my twitter, so you can look there too. If you’re planning to leave Tumblr and want to keep seeing my content, please follow/subscribe on those platforms. 

That being said, I’m not planning to leave Tumblr any time soon, although I’m definitely backing up everything just to be on the safe side. My plan is to keep puttering around on here writing meta and answering asks until it’s a little clearer where the fandom is going, because I don’t really have the time or patience to set up new pages on pillowfort or mastadon only to find out that everyone’s gone to some other site. 

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