Is sensitive content allowed on Tumblr?
What is "sensitive content?"
Anything that might not be suitable for some members of the Tumblr community. As an example, nudity, including in an artistic, educational, or photojournalistic context, may be considered sensitive.
I post stuff that might be considered sensitive. What should I do?
One way you can help us—and the Tumblr community—is by flagging your sensitive posts. There’s a switch in your post settings (under "More options" in the app, and under the gear icon on the web) to do just that.
If a significant portion of your posts are sensitive, and especially if they are sexually explicit in nature, then we’d appreciate you marking your blog as “Explicit,” which will keep it out of search results for people in Safe Mode, and prevent any logged-out users from seeing it on the web. You can do this in your blog settings.
I marked my blog as explicit. What happens now?
Now you can be sure that only suitable audiences are seeing your content. Blogs that are marked explicit are kept out of search results for people in Safe Mode. Anyone viewing your blog on the web will have to be logged in (with safe mode off) to see it.
What if I don’t want to see sensitive content on Tumblr?
You can filter out any posts that contain sensitive content from your dashboard and search results by turning on Safe Mode. Here's how:
- Leave the Tumblr app for a sec and go to the main Settings app on your device.
- Scroll down and tap “Tumblr.”
- Look for “Safe Mode” and adjust the settings to match your comfort level.
- Go to settings: Tap the little person in the tab bar, then the gear icon in the top right, then "General settings."
- Tap "Filtering," then
- Flip the Safe Mode switch on.
- Go to settings: Click the little fella in the top bar, then click settings.
- Scroll to "Filtering," and click the Safe Mode switch on.
If you find yourself wanting to see any particular item that’s hidden—and you're over 18—there’s a “View post” button that allows you to do just that. (If you do that and discover the post was incorrectly marked as sensitive, there’s a button where you can let us know that we mislabeled it.)
Enabling Safe Mode doesn’t block or unfollow any blogs you have chosen to follow. It just gives you greater control over which posts you see and which ones you don’t.
Safe Mode is on by default for new users, and it’s always on for anyone under 18, according to the age you gave when you signed up (and rounded to the next whole year).
If you only want to filter sensitive posts from your search results, but not your dashboard, simply enable Safe Search. Here's how:
- On iOS: Go to the main Settings app, and scroll to Tumblr. Tap "Safe Mode," then select "Hide sensitive search results."
- On Android: Safe Search is a little lock in the search results filters bar: swipe over till you see it. Locked means Safe Search is on, unlocked means Safe Search is off.
- On Web: There's a lock at the top right of search results. Locked means Safe Search is on, unlocked means Safe Search is off.
If you spot a post that you don’t think belongs on Tumblr, period, you can report it at tumblr.com/abuse.
My post was marked as sensitive or my blog was marked as explicit by mistake! What do I do?
If your post was incorrectly flagged, you can navigate to the post in question while logged in and click or tap the “Request review” button to send a request for review.
If your blog was incorrectly flagged, or if you have since removed the sexually explicit content, you can contact the Trust & Safety team. Go to tumblr.com/support and follow these steps:
- In "What's going on?" select "Blog incorrectly marked as explicit."
- In the box, provide a quick explanation of why you think your blog should be unflagged so we know what to look for.
- In "Relevant blog," select the blog we should be looking at.
- And confirm your email address is the one you used to register your account. This will also be the email address that we'll use if we need to contact you.