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Tumblr Finally Gives Thinspiration Blogs The Boot

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edited February 2012 in fitness & sports
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In the wake of the Huffington Post's recent exposé on the rapidly growing teenage "thinspo" community on Tumblr, which promotes and glorifies anorexia and bulimia, the company issued a statement today regarding self-harm blogs.

Until now, Tumblr's policy did not specifically address blogs that promote the acceptability of self-harming practices such as eating disorders, self-mutilation, and suicide, but the new policy would place strict limits on this type of content.

Tumblr wrote in a post on its staff blog: "We are deeply committed to supporting and defending our users’ freedom of speech, but we do draw some limits. As a company, we’ve decided that some specific kinds of content aren’t welcome on Tumblr."

Tumblr has reached out to its own community for input on their proposed course of action, which includes public service announcements that would direct readers to organizations for counsel, such as the National Eating Disorders Association and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

The new content policy, slated to go into effect next week, would operate on two levels. First, it would prohibit the active promotion of self-harming practices. Tumblr states:

    Don’t post content that actively promotes or glorifies self-injury or self-harm. This includes content that urges or encourages readers to cut or mutilate themselves; embrace anorexia, bulimia, or other eating disorders; or commit suicide rather than, e.g., seek counseling or treatment for depression or other disorders. Online dialogue about these acts and conditions is incredibly important; this prohibition is intended to reach only those blogs that cross the line into active promotion or glorification. For example, joking that you need to starve yourself after Thanksgiving or that you wanted to kill yourself after a humiliating date is fine, but recommending techniques for self-starvation or self-mutilation is not.


Blogs that currently share this type of content would be given a brief grace period to either edit their posts or remove them from the site. Secondarily, the site would begin to display public service announcements alongside search results for keywords related to self-harm, such as "proana," "thinspo," "thinspiration," "purge," "bulimia," "anorexic," and so on.

The language of the PSAs would be along the following lines: "Eating disorders can cause serious health problems, and at their most severe can even be life-threatening. Please contact the [resource organization] at [helpline number] or [website]."

Responses on Tumblr so far have been mixed. Some have applauded the decision, while others have expressed concern and anger over the proposed monitoring of these communities. One user wrote: "Tumblr is the only place I can express myself. It’s the only place where I feel like people understand and that I feel like I can get through this. If they take this away from me, I’ll have nobody."

Tumblr's announcement comes at a pivotal moment when eating disorders have become a topic of national conversation. Anorexia among teen boys, pro-anorexia blogs on Tumblr, and the growth in incidences of eating disorders among middle-aged women are topics that have recently made headlines. National Eating Disorders Awareness week, which begins next Monday, also serves as a reminder of the seriousness of anorexia and bulimia.

http://www.huffingto..._n_1296857.html

Pretty sensitive issue about how skinny is too skinny and whatnot...
thoughts?

I personally think that this is a good move by tumblr. Not everyone can be successful by being thin and live the way models like Abbey Lee Kershaw does... and yet we're inclined to be inspired by overly thin bodies and faces...
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“Sure, we had to be skinny. I lived on Diet Coke and apples for two  years. For the couture, we had to get up at 4 am to be sewn into the  clothes and there was huge pressure to be thin. But I made a million  dollars by the time I was 20, I bought a town house in Manhattan and put  myself through Columbia. Does that make me a victim?”
http://www.fashionol...n-Shoes-7336322




I know there's this whole asians are naturally thin thing...but yeah...I don't know...there's also this idea of preserving it and depriving ourselves

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  • MakaveliMakaveli The Animal The GymPosts: 1,409Member
    This is great. Those blogs are disgusting.
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  • -heartbeeps-heartbeeps Posts: 52Member
    edited February 2012
    Ha. And here I've been thinking that the beauty of Tumblr was the personal customization of what content each individual user wanted to see! 
    Of course, it would be irresponsible of society to ignore the increasing rate of young people developing eating disorders, but am I the only person who thinks it would be more beneficial for disillusioned youth to find others they can relate to and have a sense of togetherness instead of continuing to face their eating disorders alone? I mean, I doubt anyone could "accidentally" develop an eating disorder on Tumblr, seeing as we have total control who we follow and which tracked tagged we browse. These tags are only for those who are actively seeking to find relevant content. I have a lot of Satanism on my dash, does that affect anyone but me and those who choose to follow me? Everyone needs to realize that trying to eliminate the mention of self harm or eating disorders is not specific to censoring a blog. These are issues which have deep set roots in all aspects of society - be it media, culture, speech... etc. 
  • Kui~XianKui~Xian Posts: 503Member
    edited February 2012
    -heartbeeps wrote on 25 February 2012 - 03:01 PM:

    Ha. And here I've been thinking that the beauty of Tumblr was the personal customization of what content each individual user wanted to see! 
    Of course, it would be irresponsible of society to ignore the increasing rate of young people developing eating disorders, but am I the only person who thinks it would be more beneficial for disillusioned youth to find others they can relate to and have a sense of togetherness instead of continuing to face their eating disorders alone? I mean, I doubt anyone could "accidentally" develop an eating disorder on Tumblr, seeing as we have total control who we follow and which tracked tagged we browse. These tags are only for those who are actively seeking to find relevant content. I have a lot of Satanism on my dash, does that affect anyone but me and those who choose to follow me? Everyone needs to realize that trying to eliminate the mention of self harm or eating disorders is not specific to censoring a blog. These are issues which have deep set roots in all aspects of society - be it media, culture, speech... etc. 


    To reply to the part of your post I bolded there... the thing is, the concern is not the people recovering coming together, it's the people who are browsing those tags and using their Tumblr's to encourage their eating disorders. They're wanting to get rid of the pro-ana/bulimia/self harm blogs, not the recovery blogs.
    I agree that people don't "accidentally" develop an eating disorder, but having others constantly telling them(or even just seeing people say) that eating 300 calories a day is such an accomplishment or to give reminders for others "to stay strong and not eat" does NOT set them at all on any path remotely close to recovery. By getting rid of those blogs that are encouraging others' disordered behaviors and thoughts (and subsequently, their eating disorders), it would definitely help more than letting them stay, and by not seeing those messages that their ED is okay may possibly help them become more aware of just how disordered their thoughts and perspectives actually are.
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  • Poop-Shoop-A-LoopPoop-Shoop-A-Loop ^ xoxo esoteric. <3 Posts: 5,510Friend of Soompi

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    edited February 2012
    -heartbeeps wrote on 25 February 2012 - 02:01 PM:

    Ha. And here I've been thinking that the beauty of Tumblr was the personal customization of what content each individual user wanted to see! 
    Of course, it would be irresponsible of society to ignore the increasing rate of young people developing eating disorders, but am I the only person who thinks it would be more beneficial for disillusioned youth to find others they can relate to and have a sense of togetherness instead of continuing to face their eating disorders alone? I mean, I doubt anyone could "accidentally" develop an eating disorder on Tumblr, seeing as we have total control who we follow and which tracked tagged we browse. These tags are only for those who are actively seeking to find relevant content. I have a lot of Satanism on my dash, does that affect anyone but me and those who choose to follow me? Everyone needs to realize that trying to eliminate the mention of self harm or eating disorders is not specific to censoring a blog. These are issues which have deep set roots in all aspects of society - be it media, culture, speech... etc. 


    The blogs that Tumblr plan on taking down are ones that GLORIFY these self-harm disorders (suicide, cutting, anorexia, bulimia).
    aka encourage people who already have the disorder to do it. It's really disgusting, they give tips on how to not get caught and everything.
    These cause "triggers" in people who are recovering or even if not "accidentally", it does cause some people to resort to that because they want to be skinny. When they see that other people do it, they think it's okay to do it too.

    I'm really glad Tumblr is taking this step.
    I renember when Xanga was insanely popular for a shortlived time, most popular communities(blogrings) were the pro anoxexia/bulimia ones.. people encouraged each other to eat less to NOTHING. Among other things. xanga did nothing to shut 'em down. Whether or not it's the user's freedom to post and think whatever they want, it just makes me sad to see so many people go down that road without getting help and by ignoring it, it just creates a bigger pool of people who could have easily been saved.

    Anorexia/Bulimia messes with your mind so that even if you want to stop, you can't, I don't think you realize how triggering it is so to have these blogs encourage them & it doesn't help them recover at all.

    Of course if Tumblr shuts it down, people who will do anything to live this kind of lifestyle are still going to be find other ways elsewhere to get their "thinspiration" but at least they're not gonna able to find it being hosted on such a popular site like Tumblr where people can easily access it.

    And it's not like tumblr is going to be all breathing down your necks if you mention anything and delete your content/ censor you. they're just targeting the blogs/posts that deliberately/blatantly are promoting self-harm. If the person with the ED feels alone in what they're dealing with, that's why tumblr is going to have Public Service Announcements for the tags when people actively search for this kind of content on their site. Those hotlines are what's gonna help those girls/guys who feel alone, NOT a pro-ana/bulimia/selfharm blog.

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  • weartowearto Posts: 16Member
    While I think this is a great idea, I'm not entirely convinced it combats the problem entirely... The thinspo blogs that glorify emancipated figures may well disguise themselves as fashion blogs as a way of creating a loophole to this. But the intent is still good. blush.gif
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  • xstarBURSTxstarBURST no. somewhere in a box.Posts: 4,726Member

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    I'm so glad they're going. Imgfav used to have htem pop up ALL the friggin time and then there would be some reblogs from people I follow =/.
  • LittlePinky82LittlePinky82 S<3NE Posts: 709Member
    edited February 2012
    -heartbeeps wrote on 25 February 2012 - 05:01 PM:

    Ha. And here I've been thinking that the beauty of Tumblr was the personal customization of what content each individual user wanted to see! 
    Of course, it would be irresponsible of society to ignore the increasing rate of young people developing eating disorders, but am I the only person who thinks it would be more beneficial for disillusioned youth to find others they can relate to and have a sense of togetherness instead of continuing to face their eating disorders alone? I mean, I doubt anyone could "accidentally" develop an eating disorder on Tumblr, seeing as we have total control who we follow and which tracked tagged we browse. These tags are only for those who are actively seeking to find relevant content. I have a lot of Satanism on my dash, does that affect anyone but me and those who choose to follow me? Everyone needs to realize that trying to eliminate the mention of self harm or eating disorders is not specific to censoring a blog. These are issues which have deep set roots in all aspects of society - be it media, culture, speech... etc. 


    Yes, I'm mixed on it too with those reasons. On the one hand I've come across a blog or two and it was like ugh to me and I understand why Tumblr is doing this. But on the other hand, like mentioned, I'm sure it too was a community of people to talk to each other and not have to worry about being judged and such. It is nice to know you're not alone and now people won't be able to talk about issues like this. I wonder though: what about tumblrs that mention someone they know is doing something and they want to talk about it to help their friend or family member? (I saw on tumblr this earlier on a blog)

    On edit I see now that it's just those who promote the "life style" and such. I still wonder about someone who mentions they did this or that they did? Like one blog I follow mentioned they broke down and cut. They weren't promoting it but just mentioned it and feeling bad.
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  • Poop-Shoop-A-LoopPoop-Shoop-A-Loop ^ xoxo esoteric. <3 Posts: 5,510Friend of Soompi

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    LittlePinky82 wrote on 26 February 2012 - 07:42 PM:

    Yes, I'm mixed on it too with those reasons. On the one hand I've come across a blog or two and it was like ugh to me and I understand why Tumblr is doing this. But on the other hand, like mentioned, I'm sure it too was a community of people to talk to each other and not have to worry about being judged and such. It is nice to know you're not alone and now people won't be able to talk about issues like this. I wonder though: what about tumblrs that mention someone they know is doing something and they want to talk about it to help their friend or family member? (I saw on tumblr this earlier on a blog)

    On edit I see now that it's just those who promote the "life style" and such. I still wonder about someone who mentions they did this or that they did? Like one blog I follow mentioned they broke down and cut. They weren't promoting it but just mentioned it and feeling bad.


    I can't find the post but the tumblr staff blog had said that they're not gonna do anything about those, they understand if it's just venting and stuff. It's only the blogs that actually promote the lifestyle.

    I think the example they gave was if you said things along the lines like "I ate too much today I'm gonna starve myself" or "Today sucked I'm gonna kill myself lol" or mentioning they did this or that.. its just the ones that simply promote it. I don't think they'll be taking down the ones that are actually helping each other get through their disorder or comment about their disorder in passing. It's strictly the ones that promote/encourage that sort of behavior.
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  • LittlePinky82LittlePinky82 S<3NE Posts: 709Member
    Poop-Shoop-A-Loop wrote on 27 February 2012 - 07:53 PM:

    I can't find the post but the tumblr staff blog had said that they're not gonna do anything about those, they understand if it's just venting and stuff.  It's only the blogs that actually promote the lifestyle.

    I think the example they gave was if you said things along the lines like "I ate too much today I'm gonna starve myself" or "Today sucked I'm gonna kill myself lol" or mentioning they did this or that.. its just the ones that simply promote it.  I don't think they'll be taking down the ones that are actually helping each other get through their disorder or comment about their disorder in passing.  It's strictly the ones that promote/encourage that sort of behavior.


    That's good though. Cause people should be able to at least talk about if they're going through that without feeling like they're being punished for talking about things. It might make things worse in recovery and make people close up and go further into the dark.  I was mostly wondering about that. But I fully understand and support the decision about those type of blogs. I accidentally came across one and just was ugh. 
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