Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

Tumblr to Shut Down Pro-Anorexia Blogs

"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."
Hmm, this new Tumblr policy is… gonna get complicated. Tumblr users are, as should be expected, divided.

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BadUncle (#153)

Using a tumblr for self-image discussion seems as reasonable as using 4chan for dating advice.

brianvan (#149)

So, they're all going back to LiveJournal, then?

deepomega (#1,720)

If there were any hooks in Tumblr to reach out to people writing those things, maybe I could see leaving it. But as it is, it's just an insular community of self harm, which doesn't do any good for any body.

I think I'm slowly coming around to being "pro" on this? But it's a weird thing for a platform provider, right? But then… oh, God, I don't know. Guess I don't have to have an opinion on everything.

mishaps (#5,779)

@Choire Sicha (sorry couldn't resist that)

IBentMyWookie (#133)

@Choire Sicha Put aside the straw man argument that is the slippery slope concern and it's a good move.

@IBentMyWookie I would actually like to see someone address this entirely from the legal perspective. Which has nothing to do with what is "right," of course. Heh.

Hmm. Who gets to be the nanny-decider about content? That's gotta be a fun job. "No, your Tumblr is ALMOST pro-ana enough to be deleted but not quite! Good job!"

mishaps (#5,779)

@Choire Sicha would that make you pro-anti-pro-ana?

Multiphasic (#411)

@mishaps He's asserting no opinion, which makes him missing in pro-bulimia action. Or MI PRO-MIA A.

barnhouse (#1,326)


HiredGoons (#603)

I'll be right back, I just need to fetch my 10 ft. pole.

allyzay (#321)

I think the screenshot above nicely captures the problem with the policy, which is that it is being made and influenced by people who think that one develops serious fucking mental disorders because they are young and "impressionable" and trying to be cool. Definitely the way to encourage these young women to seek help is to ostracize them!

Multiphasic (#411)

@allyzay Yeah, it's not about the age. It's about the ideation.

turd_sandwich (#5,660)

@allyzay i'm doubting the screenshot is representative of the kind of down-the-rabbit hole content that ends up on anorexia advice sites/tumblrs. i also think it's laudable that the folks at tumblr don't want to be implicated in what would undeniably end up facilitating deaths (not, as said above, that it won't migrate elsewhere).

hmm, of course, slippery slope. does this mean google should remove things from its results? i do so appreciate santorum's google problem…

Multiphasic (#411)

This is really not that dissimilar from yelling fire in a crowded theater. In longitudinal studies, amount of pro-ana site use is strongly correlated with severity of ED symptoms. If there is any possibility of a causal or dose-response relationship, then this kind of advice is tantamount to telling a suicidal person to jump.

bmichael (#213)

But does it mean that posts you come across that make you want to kill yourself (for whatever reason) — are those going to be prohibited? If not, I see no reason for this. (This is like building a few extra doorways in the Coliseum or something.) (Useless.)(Well, unnecessary.) (Indiscernibly motived, at least.) (So vague as to be unenforceable and likely meaningless.) (Wait, what about all the blogs calling people "n–rs" and "c–ts"?) (That's a real chink in the armor for Tumblr.)

Claire Zulkey (#7,101)

Why do free software programs act like they can decide what we can do with their free software? It sucks.

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