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Tumblr has launched a new Safe Mode designed to let sensitive souls browse the web 7 Family Safety Tools To Keep Your Kids Safe Online 7 Family Safety Tools To Keep Your Kids Safe Online Like the real world, the internet can sometimes be a scary place for your kids. There are some great apps and tools to keep them safe; here are some we think are the best. Read More without seeing anything likely to offend them. This is part of a growing trend online, as social networks and other sites are realizing the responsibility they have to their legions of users.

Tumblr boasts a high percentage of NSFW content, and, according to TechCrunch, this material drives 20.53 percent of clicks. However, not everyone uses Tumblr for the Ts and As. In fact, some would prefer those Ts and As to GTFO. Which has led to Tumblr launching a Safe Mode…

Protecting Sensitive Souls From Harm

Tumblr’s Safe Mode is an extension of the Safe Search function that’s been around for several years now. As its name suggests Safe Search filters sensitive content from search results. Safe Mode also filters sensitive content from your Dashboard, meaning you won’t see it at all ever.

With Safe Mode enabled you won’t see any content Tumblr has deemed to be sensitive in nature. Instead you’ll see a gray screen with a message informing you, “This post may contain sensitive media”. If you click View Post you can bypass this screen and see the content hidden beneath.

Tumblr is likely to face the usual claims of censorship Instagram Now Censors Content Likely to Upset You Instagram Now Censors Content Likely to Upset You In an attempt at "fostering a safer, kinder community," Instagram will now censor sensitive content for those of a sensitive nature. Read More . In practical terms it is censoring sensitive content, but only if the user opts in by choice. The exception are users under the age of 18, who will be opted in to using Safe Mode by default whether they like it or not. However, users can simply lie about their age when registering their account in order to circumvent this.

Viewing the World Through a Filter

As we intimated above, there’s a growing trend, especially amongst social networks, to offer sensitive users a way of navigating the web without being bombarded with NSFW material. It’s not how I’d choose to view the world personally, but offering that option can only be a good thing.

Do you regularly use Tumblr? If so, will you be opting into using Safe Mode? What kind of content are you hoping to avoid seeing? Do you already use the Safe Search capacity? Or did you not even know that was a thing until now? Please let us know in the comments below!

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  1. Dianne Strong Bilski
    July 22, 2017 at 1:32 am

    I have tried to use what I think is my password but it does not verify it. I have tried over and over to go through all the processes given to retrieve my password but to no avail. I just read that my account has been blocked for suspicious activity . Please helpt

  2. Mairon
    June 23, 2017 at 9:23 pm

    I'm fifteen years old and lgbt. I can't even reblog my friends' pro-lgbt posts even if they contain no nudity or profane language. On the other hand, I can still view pro-Nazi, homophobic, and hateful posts with no problems what-so-ever.

    Safe Search would be fine if there was an option to turn it off. Tumblr just decided to take away our freedom to choose what we see online. I'm forced to create a new Yahoo account because Tumblr is blocking the content that's supportive of people like me.

  3. Olli
    June 23, 2017 at 7:21 pm

    Tbh, i did understand the older one because there was some weird ass porn on that site in my feed at night not even I really wanted to see but now i can't find half of the stuff i go on tumblr for. Which pisses me off but most likely they will tone it down after there porn and gore audience gets done and leaves the site

  4. CJ
    June 23, 2017 at 6:05 pm

    The Safe Mode feature sucks, all the porn is still there, but all the cats, food, and DIY craft crap is tagged as NSFW? Sign the petition here please, so tumblr knows how much it sucks:

  5. Tsultrim
    June 23, 2017 at 1:30 pm

    Safe mode would be fine if it was optional.

  6. Pema
    June 23, 2017 at 1:26 pm

    Tumblr's new safe mode is horrible, It automatically censors lgbt content ,
    you actually have to be 19, not 18 (look it up the small print) to turn it off,
    many people put in random date of births when making an account so are locked out of content even though they are over 19,
    It censors the most innocent content?? I've been blocked from viewing kittens, parrots , flowers, ect.
    Many people who can turn off safe mode find it turns itself back on.
    Everyone already uses x-kit to filter, safe mode does not prevent spam and real nsfw content from getting to you.

  7. Toften
    June 23, 2017 at 3:43 am

    Sensitive souls or those who don't want to have that conversation with HR when they're spotted scrolling through their Tumblr feed on their break...

    • Amber
      June 23, 2017 at 5:37 am

      I was going to say exactly that. Maybe I don't want my dashboard to have porn or gore while I'm browsing Tumblr in public... calling it "protecting sensitive souls" is ridiculous.