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Tumblr Revises Policy On Self-Harm Blogs

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Tumblr Depression

Ever heard of Thinspo?

If you're on Tumblr, you probably have.

Thinspo promotes and glorifies anorexia and bulimia, and Tumblr issued a statement today regarding self-harm blogs.

Here's what they said:

"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."

A little deeper, this means:

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.

Tumblr is even asking it's own users how to go about this, which involves PSA's 'that would direct readers to organizations for counsel, such as the National Eating Disorders Association and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.'

So, the Tumblrs that share this type of stuff will be given a grace period to stop and remove it. And then the PSA's would go up with keyword search results.

Of course, this is being both applauded AND argued.

Here's one disagreer:

"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."

Well… not true. You can 'express' yourself other places. And yes, we're all in favor of free speech, but when it comes to misleading impressionable users, who need help, into doing harmful things and calling that 'expressing' yourself — a line should be drawn to help the lives of others, or at least give the user the option to get help through the PSA's.

Definitely a thin line — so what do U feel about this??

A fitness blog should be about healthiness, not thinness!

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