One of the great things about Tumblr is that people use it for just about every conceivable kind of expression. People being people, though, that means that Tumblr sometimes gets used for things that are just wrong. We are deeply committed to supporting and defending our users’ freedom of speech,…
(Sent this as an e-mail as well, but wanted to make it public too)
So, new policy… “we don’t want to curb users’ freedom of speech, so we’ll just judge what topics are okay and what other topics are ‘just wrong’!” Yeah, no, you can’t do that. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t support self-harm or advocating self-harm in any way, but freedom of speech means you allow people to say whatever they want (unless it has legal consequences, so no blogs posting links to pirated material). If you’re gonna restrict certain topics, you’re basically enforcing censorship… which is fair enough, it’s your website/business, but don’t go bullshitting about how you support freedom of speech then.
But hey, if we’re gonna go down this route, why stop there? Clearly Tumblr should regulate -all- forms of self-harm blogs, not just ones about bulimia or cutting!
Here’s a small list of topics that should not be spoken about in a positive light on Tumblr from now on:
5) Fatty foods (especially hamburgers)
6) Ice cream!
7) Serving in the army
8) Video games (they make you violent, after all!)
9) And let’s not forget… shoes that are too tight
I understand that encouraging these “disorders is wrong”. But censoring people is just as wrong. Censorship causes blindness.