Tumblr traffic dropped by nearly 100M views the month after it banned porn

Tumblr's porn ban slams the door on women and other marginalized communities

Tumblr’s ban on adult content is costing it dearly. In December, we reported on news of Tumblr invoking the nuclear option and banning pornography and other adult content from the popular blogging platform. A month later, it had lost more than 100 million views — a 17 percent decline in just 30 days. According to data from web analytics firm SimilarWeb, Tumblr’s problems started, predictably, with its adult content ban. In December, it was flying high, with approximately 521 million

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Trump’s media bias poll might be the most biased thing I’ve read in 2019

Trump's media bias poll might be the most biased thing I've read in 2019

President Trump continues to fire shots at the press, claiming biased coverage, misrepresented facts, and sometimes entirely made-up stories. In what can only be described as a war on traditional media, Trump continued his assault with a poll on media bias that, ironically, might be the most biased line of questioning this reporter has ever laid eyes on. The line of questioning would also suggest that this is less a poll and more an attempt to ignite Trump’s base in

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Tumblr’s porn ban slams the door on women and other marginalized communities

Tumblr's porn ban slams the door on women and other marginalized communities

After graphic images of child sex abuse appeared on Tumblr in November, the app was quickly removed from Apple’s App store (it remained on Google Play). And rightfully so. Child sex abuse imagery has no place online, and Apple was well within its rights to stop distributing an app containing it. Then, in a surprising turn of events, Tumblr invoked the nuclear option, announcing earlier this week that it would ban adult content altogether. In a blog post, CEO Jeff

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China has a new surveillance tool that identifies citizens by how they walk

China has a new surveillance tool that identifies citizens by how they walk

Chinese authorities have begun deploying a new surveillance tool designed to identify people by how they walk, or the shapes of their body. Adding to the already staggering number of surveillance cameras — many of which use bleeding edge optics and facial recognition technologies — China is already using the tool on the streets in its two largest cities, Beijing and Shanghai. It, again, raises concern among privacy advocates about how far the government is willing to go to keep

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Twitter is sorry about that whole ‘Kill all Jews’ thing

Twitter is sorry about that whole 'Kill all Jews' thing

Many New Yorkers awoke to a bit of a surprise when “Kill all Jews” briefly made an appearance in their Twitter sidebar. On a social network with a hate speech problem, it’s not unusual to see this type of content. Twitter has been locked in a perpetual grappling match with hate groups clinging to the fringes of society — those most often responsible for creating vitriolic content — for some time now. What is surprising, however, is seeing Twitter amplify

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Watch: Tesla goes airborne, crash lands into school parking lot

Watch: Tesla goes airborne, crash lands into school parking lot

Security cameras managed to catch a glimpse of a Tesla Model S doing its best impression of the General Lee from Dukes of Hazard. Google it, Generation Z. After speeding over railroad tracks in Barrie, Ontario, Canada yesterday, the car lost control after landing and crashed into the parking lot of a nearby elementary school. The driver, a 46-year-old male, and his passenger were treated for minor injuries after landing. The driver was charged with dangerous driving. Multiple angles show

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FBI warns of massive ATM scam that could affect banks worldwide

FBI warns of massive ATM scam that could affect banks worldwide

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) recently warned banks that cybercriminals are poised to carry out an “ATM cash-out,” an operation that gives thieves access to untold sums of money by bypassing security measures on an ATM. If successful, the operation has the potential to be a heist unlike any we’ve ever seen. The FBI told banks on Friday: The FBI has obtained unspecified reporting indicating cyber criminals are planning to conduct a global Automated Teller Machine (ATM) cash-out scheme

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Open thread: Should Twitter users automatically delete old tweets?

Open thread: Should Twitter users automatically delete old tweets?

After multiple baseball players were forced to apologize this month for old tweets containing racist and homophobic slurs, we’re left to wonder: Should Twitter users be deleting their old tweets? Over the years, the internet has come to know quite a lot about us. There was that time we unironically donned a fedora to sing a Sinatra song on karaoke night. Or, that suggestive image of us dry humping a polar bear statue at the local zoo. For some, it’ll

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Sony announces limited edition ‘Amazing Red’ PlayStation Pro bundle

Sony announces limited edition ‘Amazing Red’ PlayStation Pro bundle

Sony today announced a custom-edition PlayStation 4 that features a bright red exterior adorned with the logo of everyone’s favorite web-slinger. I’m not a fan of custom-edition consoles. I’d like to think that when I fork over upwards of $500 that the console I just bought is going to be, visually speaking, something I’ll have to live with for the next several years — until a new version takes its place. I’m not one that can justify forking over a

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This Nintendo Switch adapter addresses one of our biggest annoyances

This Nintendo Switch adapter addresses one of our biggest annoyances

Last November, Nintendo “fixed” what is perhaps the one glaring deficit on its most adaptable console to date: lack of support for any headphones that don’t use a 3.5 millimeter jack. Unfortunately, the fix was a messy one, requiring USB-based wireless headphones, or a nasty mess of adapters. To say it wasn’t ideal is putting it lightly. For a device that’s supposed to be portable, it’s absurd that you’d have to plug in wired headphones considering most of our devices

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