Tumblr App Now For Only Ages 17 & Up In iTunes Store [Updates]

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Tumblr for iPhone changed its usage agreement on Wednesday and became an app solely for ages 17 and up. This followed Apple’s recent nudity-related removal of 500px and its cease of promotion for Vine.

In the 3.2.4 update, users are forced to confirm that they are of the age 17 or above. This confirmation requires users to simply tap an OK button and continue to download. After downloading, the iPhone microblogging app becomes fully usable. “You must be at least 17-years-old to download this app,” Tumblr’s description said. It then further explains that the app features sexual content and nudity.

No thorough explanation has been offered by Tumblr as to why the new mature rating is in place. However, the app’s update details said that it addresses “small bug fixes”.

The timing of the new 17+ rating comes just as Apple has zeroed on other similar user-genration content sharing apps. Users who are not of age can use other blogging apps such as Posterous or WordPress as alternatives.

Why do you think Tumblr removed the app from the iTunes store? Do you believe that a simple “press OK for confirmation” is sufficient for age verification? How do you feel about the recent controversy surrounding 500px and Vine?

Source: CNET

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Comments (4)
  • Alice

    I am 13, and just started a Tumblr blog via my laptop. The only problem is now, I don’t understand why I can’t post through my iPod… I read through theor terms and conditions and it strictly said, “over 13,” not, “over 17″. Not to mention that the app is for IOS 8.0 and up only, too. I understand that there may be graphic content on Tumblr, but there is an option to warn others about graphic content in your blog, and so if they just create an age verification process, under 17s can be restricted from seeing any of those posts. I just feel that it’s unnessacary to exclude the minors of Tumblr.

  • Elizabeth

    I always wonder how exactly age verification can really be enforced over the internet. If nobody knows you’re a dog, as the old saying goes, how does tapping a button prove whether or not you’re a puppy? There must be some way to verify age besides a photo scan of a driver’s license or cross-referencing with Social Security or whatever other programs exist in other countries. And even then, in the U.S. licenses are given at 16, and kids could always just sneak into mom’s purse or dad’s wallet and scan theirs without their knowledge. This bothers me to no end about Amazon’s potential to sell pornography to minors, specifically “Fifty Shades of Grey.” Age verification online seems to be a no-go without crossing into some major privacy issues. Otherwise it’s “defective by design.”

    So you’ve got the inevitable Big Brother comparisons and perennial fallibility of accuracy without checking the kid’s face — “carding,” as it’s known in “offline” terms, which would nevertheless violate COPPA (Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, a U.S. law restricting those under 13 from signing up for online services without parental permission) and would still discriminate against young-looking 30-year-olds who for whatever reason — good genes, I guess — still look 16. Even COPPA is impossible to “enforce” because 1) parents are now setting up FB accounts for their “unborn” children, using the ultrasound as a profile pic, and 2) the reasons given above, that on the internet, no one knows you’re a puppy. But besides all of that, privacy laws are very restrictive and well-enforced in many places in Europe, where it’s probably no accident that laws on the things people are permitted to access are more relaxed. Prostitution and pot are illegal at the federal level in America but legal in Holland. Come to think of it, is there anything that isn’t legal in Holland? ;-)

  • Anna Lynn Sanders

    Well if they don’t want little kids to use Tumblr I guess I’ll have to take a break from it. There are other websites. It’s okay.

  • Mac Witty

    I think Apple have to think one mote time about their +17 for apps you can access Internet. 1Password is +17! Yes, we can’t let our youngest get the best and easiest way to handle password – in a “legal” way. Who is most likely to have people around who want to get their passwords?

    http://learn.agilebits.com/1Password4/iOS/ios-faqs.html#why-is-1password-rated-17

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