On Sunday, the online platform Tumblr announced that its "Safe Mode" setting will now be the default for all users. This further implementation of the setting is worrying adult content creators: "All this [Safe Mode update] does is make adult content even less visible INSIDE the walled garden that adult Tumblr has already become," a sex industry blogger told Motherboard. "Tumblr is dead media as far as I'm concerned, from an adult-industry perspective."
However, there are other communities this update may effect: since it debuted last summer, the setting has been widely criticized for restricting completely non-sexual and innocuous LGBTQ+ content.
"We've heard from a bunch of you that Safe Mode was filtering posts from the LGBTQ+ community even though they were completely innocuous and totally safe-for-work. Please know that was never our intention, and we appreciate you letting us know so quickly--and forcefully! We're deeply sorry," Tumblr said in response.
The setting was optional for users that are 18 or older, but now all users have to manually turn it off.